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Old Posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:23 PM
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Old Posted Apr 3, 2017, 10:25 PM
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A few previous Posts from the last thread. If anyone would like to edit past present or future projects in the OP please let me know.

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Agreed. No matter where these companies are from, it's great to see Sask. Based companies investing in projects to create jobs within the province. And as a former Regina guy now living in Saskatoon, I'm loving seeing some of my fav. Regina watering holes like Leeopold's and Cathedral Social House setting up shop here in YXE.

Regina gets the gov't town label but there a nice class of YQR entrepreneurs also investing in Saskatoon. As you say, a win-win for both cities and the province
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I agree and was clearly joking. A little sibling rivalry is fine. I have lived in Saskatoon and have a business there. I will be there the next few weekends. Love it. I follow this thread hoping to see the latest great development for Saskatoon and Saskatchewan.
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I think most of us knew you were joking Stormer, lol
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I bet Brandt sponsors the new arena downtown will probably call it the Brandt Centre
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wouldnt surprise me lol
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Watching the live coverage of the bridge this morning. The two big backhoe operators are back again showing how to work together as a team. Worth looking at.
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Here is a very interesting article regarding the challenges facing public transit.

http://www.newgeography.com/content/...blic-that-s-us
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Interesting take on this topic. SaskTel Centre has done a remarkable job of sustain a 15,000 seat facility without the benefit of a major anchor tenant (I don't consider the Rush to be an anchor because they only play 9-10 home games per season). If there was a downtown arena in Saskatoon's future I could see potential for an AHL team to move here, though that would likely mean the Blades relocating elsewhere. I think the NHL is a pipe dream, at least as long as Bettman is commish. He's only interested in US markets.

On the other hand, Regina has the benefit currently of a deep-pocketed ownership group in QCPEG ( Semple's, et. al.) with motivation to upgrade or replace the Brandt Centre. I don't see a 15,000 seat arena being needed in Regina though. A modern 9,000-10,000 seater with luxury boxes & amenities would be suitable fir junior hockey, concerts and other events like the Brier.

Of course given current economics, I think the possibility of either city getting a new arena is many years away. But it's fun to speculate
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Thanks Cyro. I meant to put together a project compilation for the first post but have been too busy.
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^ Cool Echoes. If you ever have the time or feel like doing it just post it and I'll add it to the OP...
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Can you imagine all these Rush fans spilling out of Saskatoon's new downtown arena and heading to restaurants and pubs -- or going to restaurants and pubs before a Rush game? What an atmosphere it would create downtown.

(A guy can dream.)
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Can you imagine all these Rush fans spilling out of Saskatoon's new downtown arena and heading to restaurants and pubs -- or going to restaurants and pubs before a Rush game? What an atmosphere it would create downtown.

(A guy can dream.)
Absolutely right! Not a season ticket holder but will probably end up going to 5 games this year with the playoffs (going to 4th game this year tomorrow). There are 6 of us that all go together and we ALWAYS meet before the game for some food and beverages. Unfortunately, because of location of current arena we tend to head home after the game. I have no doubt we would also go for a beverage or 2 after the game if it was downtown given all the restaurant and pub options!

I too dream.....
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Interesting take on this topic. SaskTel Centre has done a remarkable job of sustain a 15,000 seat facility without the benefit of a major anchor tenant (I don't consider the Rush to be an anchor because they only play 9-10 home games per season). If there was a downtown arena in Saskatoon's future I could see potential for an AHL team to move here, though that would likely mean the Blades relocating elsewhere. I think the NHL is a pipe dream, at least as long as Bettman is commish. He's only interested in US markets.

On the other hand, Regina has the benefit currently of a deep-pocketed ownership group in QCPEG ( Semple's, et. al.) with motivation to upgrade or replace the Brandt Centre. I don't see a 15,000 seat arena being needed in Regina though. A modern 9,000-10,000 seater with luxury boxes & amenities would be suitable fir junior hockey, concerts and other events like the Brier.

Of course given current economics, I think the possibility of either city getting a new arena is many years away. But it's fun to speculate
Would the Riders be considered anchor tenants for New Mosaic Stadium in Regina with only 10 games per season there?

Current Brandt Centre if filled in with seats to capacity would be 8,000 seats, I'm not sure spending over $100 million on a new arena with only a thousand more seats than current arena has would make sense.

I don't see new arena's being built in Regina or Saskatoon in the next couple decades either but it also takes a decade or so from inception-to-completion for most facilities so i'm not surprised about talk about new arenas
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[QUOTE=SaskScraper;7767064]Would the Riders be considered anchor tenants for New Mosaic Stadium in Regina with only 10 games per season there?

An apples to oranges comparison. Mosaic Stadium is an outdoor facility which doesn't require HVAC on a 24/7/365 basis like an indoor facility like SaskTel Centre or Brandt Centre requires.

Yes, the offices, team facilities, Rider store, etc. inside Mosaic obviously need heating & air conditioning, but not the entire facility itself. The field can be dormant six months/year. Not so with an arena. Its needs more event dates to help cover operating costs (like a hockey team that plays minimum 36-40 home games/year).

Also not saying the Rush aren't an important and valuable tenant at SaskTel Centre, just that 8-12 home dates/season by itself doesn't justify a multi-hundred million dollar downtown arena. That's all.
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Current Brandt Centre if filled in with seats to capacity would be 8,000 seats, I'm not sure spending over $100 million on a new arena with only a thousand more seats than current arena has would make sense.

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On that point, $278M was spent to build New Mosaic Stadium and it has the exact same seat count of 33,000 as the old Mosaic/Taylor Field. The priority is on amenities, fan experience and new revenue-generating opportunities like suites and luxury boxes.
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Plus, I don't think the Blades would be relocated even if an AHL team were to move there. After all, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are doing pretty well at maintaining both their NHL and WHL teams.
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Plus, I don't think the Blades would be relocated even if an AHL team were to move there. After all, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are doing pretty well at maintaining both their NHL and WHL teams.
Those cities aren't really comparable to Saskatoon, though. A better comparison would be Winnipeg with the Jets and Moose, and even then the city is three times the size of ours.
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Those cities aren't really comparable to Saskatoon, though. A better comparison would be Winnipeg with the Jets and Moose, and even then the city is three times the size of ours.

I go to Western University in London, Ontario and their arena situation is what I think could really benefit Saskatoon. It has a capacity of less than the CUC in Saskatoon, however it is located in the heart of downtown and has a low ceiling which makes the building 'feel' full. The London Knights nearly sell out every single game and it creates a great atmosphere. They have a really nice park and skating rink located right near the arena and it is always being used in the winter.

I agree with others that having an NHL team in Saskatoon is an absolute pipe dream. However I would love to see us thrive with a similar downtown arena to London with the Rush, Blades, AHL etc. Market the WHL to younger families and local hockey teams while pushing the AHL to more 'hockey fans' who want to see upcoming NHL talent. The AHL is one of the best leagues in the world and most teams have many NHL-caliber talented players.
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I go to Western University in London, Ontario and their arena situation is what I think could really benefit Saskatoon. It has a capacity of less than the CUC in Saskatoon, however it is located in the heart of downtown and has a low ceiling which makes the building 'feel' full. The London Knights nearly sell out every single game and it creates a great atmosphere. They have a really nice park and skating rink located right near the arena and it is always being used in the winter.

I agree with others that having an NHL team in Saskatoon is an absolute pipe dream. However I would love to see us thrive with a similar downtown arena to London with the Rush, Blades, AHL etc. Market the WHL to younger families and local hockey teams while pushing the AHL to more 'hockey fans' who want to see upcoming NHL talent. The AHL is one of the best leagues in the world and most teams have many NHL-caliber talented players.
Can't see Saskatoon downsizing any new arena. I can't think of any "major" city in North America that really downsized when building a new arena. A few hundred seats, maybe a thousand but going from 15,000+ to a London size 9,500 seat arena would be a huge mistake.

Any new arena in Saskatoon needs to be around that 15,000+ seat for long term viability.
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Can't see Saskatoon downsizing any new arena. I can't think of any "major" city in North America that really downsized when building a new arena. A few hundred seats, maybe a thousand but going from 15,000+ to a London size 9,500 seat arena would be a huge mistake.

Any new arena in Saskatoon needs to be around that 15,000+ seat for long term viability.
I agree in this is why a new arena in Saskatoon is extremely unlikely anytime soon. A NEW 15,000 plus seat Arena just cannot be justified on economics. This is particularly true when there is already an existing Arena that actually is quite serviceable. Mind you anything can happen. I was completely wrong about the Regina bypass being doable anytime soon.

A new Arena would probably require the main tenant, that is the Blades and to a lesser extent, the Rush, to contribute as much as eighty million dollars to the construction. Obviously that will never happen.
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Plus, I don't think the Blades would be relocated even if an AHL team were to move there. After all, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are doing pretty well at maintaining both their NHL and WHL teams.
I would have to disagree. With the Rush drawing fans and with the size of the city, I don't think Saskatoon would be big enough to support the Blades, the Rush and an AHL team. Not enough population and corporate base to support that many teams.
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Brandt Centre only seats about 6500. They are doing a reno/expansion for the 2018 Memorial Cup. But that is only about 500 more seats
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Brandt Centre only seats about 6500. They are doing a reno/expansion for the 2018 Memorial Cup. But that is only about 500 more seats
Brandt Centre is just about the right size for a junior hockey market. Too much bigger and you lose some of the urgency around scarcity of tickets. I'm sure the Blades would tell you SaskTel Centre, outside of a Memorial Cup, is too large a venue for them. The Edmonton Eskimos have the same issue with Commonwealth Stadium, 60,000 seats is too big for today's CFL. It's why the Riders didn't build capacity above 33,000.
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Regina is missing out on alot of touring acts. I am behind the scene alot at Brandt Centre and the old barn is showing its age. The only way i can see a new barn being built is with private money. Other then that i dont think Regina will have a new facility.
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This is a great read on what has revitalized American cities in the past 5 years - and boy have they revitalized, in Chicago alone 300,000 jobs moved downtown in the last 5 years, mainly thanks to corporations moving out of their small town offices. Things in the large centers usually happen 5-10 before centers like Saskatoon so maybe there's an opportunity for Saskatoon here. https://www.wsj.com/articles/chicago...sla=y&mod=e2fb

Bourgault I'm looking at you to come to Saskatoon.
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This is a great read on what has revitalized American cities in the past 5 years - and boy have they revitalized, in Chicago alone 300,000 jobs moved downtown in the last 5 years, mainly thanks to corporations moving out of their small town offices. Things in the large centers usually happen 5-10 before centers like Saskatoon so maybe there's an opportunity for Saskatoon here. https://www.wsj.com/articles/chicago...sla=y&mod=e2fb

Bourgault I'm looking at you to come to Saskatoon.
Don't hold your breath on that one. Bourgault have a small engineering office in Saskatoon, rest is in St Brieux. Bourgault have gone virtual desktops so now a lot of office staff can work anywhere even from around the World. No need for a large "Corporate" office anymore.
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