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The Enmax Centre in Lethbridge is facing decisions about its future, with three main options being considered: maintaining the current arena, modifying it for more seating and restaurants, or building a completely new complex. General manager Kim Gallucci believes that a combination of options two and three could benefit patrons and generate more revenue with a smaller capital cost. Despite upgrades in 2012, the aging arena is in need of further planning for the future. The first big gig at the Enmax Centre was the 1975 Canada Games, and it has since hosted numerous events, but the arena’s age is becoming a concern.

The recent report on the centre was accepted by the committee as information, with no agreement to spend $150 million yet. Councilor Belinda Crowson emphasized that this is just the first step in a long process, with plans for budgeting and operational considerations down the line. The third option includes the possibility of an Olympic-sized ice surface, a new 7,000-seat hockey arena for the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and possibly additional sports teams sharing the space. With the new complex, there is potential to host even more events than the current arena’s capacity of 85 per year. However, this would likely lead to an increase in ticket prices compared to the current $14 WHL tickets.

The projected cost of building the new complex falls between $100 million and $150 million, making it a substantial investment. It was noted that this was simply an idea from one company, and further discussions and debates with the city council and budget considerations are necessary before any decisions are made. Crowson emphasized that city council will review the project holistically, taking all public interests and needs into account to arrive at a solution that benefits everyone. The goal is to ensure that the chosen option meets the requirements of the community and provides a venue that can accommodate a variety of events and activities for years to come.

The Enmax Centre has played a significant role in Lethbridge since its establishment in 1974, and its future is now being carefully considered to address the aging infrastructure and meet the evolving needs of the community. The decision-making process involves weighing the benefits and costs of maintaining the current arena, making modifications, or investing in a new complex. Input from stakeholders, including patrons, event organizers, and city officials, will all play a role in determining the best course of action. Ultimately, the aim is to create a modern, versatile facility that can host a wide range of events and activities while also generating revenue and supporting the local sports teams. It will be crucial to carefully evaluate the proposed options and consider the long-term implications before moving forward with any plans.

As discussions continue and more information becomes available, the city council will work towards a decision that aligns with the best interests of the public and ensures that the Enmax Centre remains a valuable asset to the community. By exploring different scenarios and potential outcomes, stakeholders can collaborate to create a vision for the future of the arena that meets the needs of both current and future generations. With proper planning and thoughtful consideration, the Enmax Centre can continue to be a hub of entertainment, sports, and community events for years to come.

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