Ever since the city of Calgary shot down the Flames owners’ plan to build a $1.2 billion combined arena-stadium complex (after discovering it would actually cost $1.8 billion, and the public would be on the hook for the difference), we’ve been waiting for someone to announce next steps. And it sounds like the next step is … to figure out a next step:
In a letter that season ticket holders received Monday, CEO Ken King said the company “accepted an offer from the City to examine a Plan B.”
The less ambitious Plan B would see an arena and event centre located on the Stampede grounds, a separate field house in the northwest, and some renovation to McMahon Stadium.
How much would such a scaled-back (but still sizable) plan cost? Nobody knows, which is what “examine” means. The Flames owners are supposed to provide a response to the city’s report later this month, but even that doesn’t guarantee that an actual plan or price tag will be in place — it’s a fair assumption that we could be here awhile as the details get worked out, which when hundreds of millions of public dollars are at stake isn’t a bad thing at all.