New Arena Pics?

A picture says a thousand words, as they say, but I'm guessing that in this case most of those words are going to be curse words...

BY EMIL TIEDEMANN

JUST in case you haven't heard enough about the proposed downtown arena district, here's more! Last Thursday (Jan. 19) ICON Venue Group, the project managers of the new area, released conceptual illustrations of what the project could look like. Not a guaranteed blueprint, but rather some ideas to play around with.

Bistro bars and sushi joints are amongst the proposals for the new arena, which would
allow much more variety than the current Rexall Place. 

Personally, I think they look pretty cool. But, of course, there'll be plenty of folks who'll beg to differ, some just because they can. But that's alright, we're a free country afterall. All I am saying is don't get all caught up in the politics of this whole issue, or the 'propaganda' mumbo jumbo, or whatever other accusations others may brainstorm along the way. Just be a little more open-minded is all I'm asking.

Large windows would allow natural sunlight to filter in. 

On their website ICON explained their concept behind the design of the new arena: "Fundamentally, the new Edmonton arena must be much more than a hockey facility. It must be designed to accommodate all manner of sports and cultural events and to quickly transition from one to another. It must provide world-class fan experiences and a vehicle to take entertainment in the Capital Region to another level. It must integrate into the downtown core, function as a catalyst for broader redevelopment and have the flexibility to evolve over the decades to come."

To be honest, I don't really give a shit about how much more cash Daryl Katz will be pocketing with this arena district, or anybody's personal agenda for that matter. I just want a new fucking arena for my hometown (see, curse words!), and one that'll subsequently allow the downtown--and thus the city as a whole--to prosper. How could it not?!

Unique seating arrangements would allow a new experience to watching a hockey game
while having a drink and/or a bite to eat. 

Anyways, I've already said my piece on this issue, which you can read more about here, in case you're interested. So, for the time being, I'm just gonna sit back and continue looking forward to what will most likely be our city's best investment plan yet. Fingers crossed.

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