How the Future Site was Selected
Selection of potential sites was based on a number of technical criteria.
The selection of the site of the future Downtown event centre/arena considered a number of influential factors, not only on the physical location of a new arena, but also looking at supporting animation of an event and entertainment district and the creation of a shared public space where residents feel welcome and have a sense of belonging.
The evaluation criteria highlight the importance of the event centre/arena site and how it will work with supporting infrastructure development, transportation connections, access to existing parking, how close it is to existing businesses and other key considerations.
Based on the evaluation criteria, technical analysis and a public engagement on opportunities and challenges, City Council chose the Midtown North Parking Lot as the site at a Special Meeting of Council on November 16, 2022.
Event Centre/Arena Site Comparison Chart
Five sites were originally considered as potential sites for a Downtown Event Centre/Arena. Criteria evaluation of all the sites is below: