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Archive: SEC Engagement

Archived Information

This page is part of an archive of previously-published Sports and Entertainment Centre information. For the most-recent updates, see the SEC project home page.

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo wants to hear what you think about the proposed Sports and Entertainment Centre (SEC) in downtown Fort McMurray. Learn more about the project — its design, the proponent team and what it can offer the region — through our upcoming public engagement process.

Tell us what you think of this project at one of our upcoming open houses, at the Fall Trade Show or by completing our online survey, live on Sept. 22. The proponent team, including International Coliseums Corporation (ICC), SMG, Plenary Group, ATB Financial, Stuart Olson Construction, Northland Properties Corporation and project architect Sink Combs Dethlefs will deliver a presentation at the beginning of each open house. We’ll share more information about the proposed project after kicking off engagement on Sept. 22.

Open Houses

Open houses will be held in the Shell Place Grand Ballroom at MacDonald Island Park on the following dates:

September 22 and 23, 2015
2 to 4 p.m.
7 to 9 p.m.

September 24, 2015
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 to 3 p.m.

Online Survey

An online survey is available until noon on Oct. 13.

Fall Trade Show

Visit our booth at the Fall Trade Show at MacDonald Island Park from Sept. 25 to 27 to learn more about the SEC and fill out a survey.

Project Details

On May 26, Council of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo approved the next steps in negotiations with ICC to build a SEC in downtown Fort McMurray. Administration successfully executed the Letter of Intent (LOI) on June 23, 2015. The LOI outlines the fundamental principles for future negotiation, such as the expected construction start and finish dates, guarantee of a hockey tenant, commitment to hold joint public engagement sessions, etc. Administration is currently in negotiations with ICC to finalize agreements related to the financing, legal, architectural, operations aspects of a future contract.

If the project moves forward, ICC would guarantee an affiliated lead tenant, work with local contractors and ensure that the type and the number of events held at the proposed facility, including trade shows, concerts and community events, meets the expectations of residents, stakeholders and the region.

At this time, we’re seeking feedback from the community as to whether this project should proceed and if so, within what parameters. If there is support from the community for the SEC, an appropriate timeline for next steps will be shared once Mayor and Council make their decision by the end of 2015. If approved to go forward, it’s estimated the SEC would be complete in fall 2018, in time for the 2018-19 hockey season.

We recognize that residents of Wood Buffalo are concerned about the economic situation related to lower oil prices. We are conscious of our responsibilities to always manage our spending responsibly. The proposed SEC would also generate employment in the region.

Our goal is to provide residents with the information they need to provide meaningful input in this consultation period. Next steps would then be voted upon by Mayor and Council based on community feedback.

Background

Proposed SEC

  • The proposed location is bordered by Franklin Avenue, Morrison Street, MacDonald Avenue and Main Street.
  • The location would be central to everyone in the region and to major traffic routes. It would be walkable, convenient and could attract businesses like offices, hotels, and retail and entertainment developments. By building the SEC downtown, existing infrastructure would provide connectivity and versatility to host large scale events.
  • The SEC will have approximately 6,200 fixed seats.
  • If the proposed location changes the SEC procurement process would restart.
  • Parking is a common challenge in any downtown that has an SEC-style venue. The RMWB and ICC are in discussions about including a parkade in the proposal. Future developments, like office buildings, would offer additional evening parking.
  • The municipality will consider rapid transit, park-and-ride and new and expanded transit routes to complement existing options like driving or bussing, taking a taxi or limousine, or cycling/walking for those who are downtown.

Design

  • The project’s architect, Sink Combs Dethlefs, would work with the developer to achieve the overall vision and goals for the new facility based on community feedback. During our consultation process this fall, we welcome suggestions from the public that the architect and developer would take into consideration, depending on feasibility. Next steps would then be voted upon by Mayor and Council based on that community feedback.

Benefits of the SEC

  • The SEC would provide the community with a recreational venue and community shared space for cultural and sporting events. The SEC would also broaden the range of events that could be hosted in Fort McMurray. It could attract over 100 spectator events and 150 activities per year, including hockey games, concerts, family shows, trade expos and community programming. The SEC is proposed for the downtown area to connect with existing infrastructure and provide capacity and versatility to host regional and national large-scale events.
  • ICC will guarantee a hockey team from the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League or Western Hockey League as a lead tenant.

Proponent Team

The Municipality wants to ensure that there is a strong team put in place to work on this proposed project, which at this time includes:

Next Steps

  • A third-party digital engagement and reporting tool (Engagement HQ) will be used to gather the survey input and produce a report that will compile the results of the survey and additional feedback received. Once completed, Administration will produce a summary report of the findings. This will be shared with the public and Mayor and Council. Ultimately, Council will make the final decision on the SEC.

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