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Archive: Sports and Entertainment Centre FAQ

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.

Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the proposed Sports and Entertainment Centre.

Q: Who is the developer that the municipality is negotiating with to build and operate the SEC?

International Coliseums Company (ICC). ICC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Boston Pizza Restaurants and the Northland Properties Corporation, which owns Moxies Classic Grill, Sandman Hotels and the NHL’s Dallas Stars.

Q: How much was spent on land assembly for the sports and entertainment Centre?

You can download a chart of the costs. Land acquisition costs associated with the Sports and Entertainment Centre were based on independent, third party market value appraisals.

Q: How much is the SEC going to cost the Municipality in total?

The financial breakdown will be shared when the agreement is finalized. To ensure favourable financial terms, the municipality can’t disclose this information before the agreement is finalized.

Q: What benefits does the SEC provide Wood Buffalo?

The SEC will provide the community with much-needed venue, recreation and community shared space. The SEC will also broaden the range of events that can be hosted in Fort McMurray, including concerts, family shows, sporting events, symposiums, corporate events and community events.

Q: Will the SEC compete for the same non-hockey events as Shell Place?

The SEC will be an indoor venue whereas Shell Place is a multipurpose venue and is primarily outdoors. We believe the venues will complement one another rather than compete with one another.

Q: How often will the SEC host events?

The venue will host as many spectator events and activities per year as possible, including hockey games, concerts, family shows, trade expos and community programming.

Q: What’s the next step in the public information sharing process?

Our Public Affairs team and ICC are working together to develop a community information plan.

Q: Where will the SEC be located?

The location is bordered by Franklin Avenue, Morrison Street, MacDonald Avenue and Main Street.

Q: Why build the SEC downtown?

The location is central to everyone in the region and to major traffic routes. It will be walkable, convenient and will attract businesses like offices, hotels, and retail and entertainment developments. By building the SEC downtown, we build connectivity to existing infrastructure and provide capacity and versatility to host large scale events.

Q: Is the location for the SEC set in stone?

No, but if the location changes the SEC procurement process would restart.

Q: What about downtown parking?

Parking is a common challenge in any downtown that has an SEC-style venue. The RMWB and ICC are in discussions about building a parkade. Future developments, like office buildings, will offer additional evening parking.

Q: How will I get to the SEC?

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.

Q: What will the facility look like?

The RMWB’s architect will work with the developer to achieve Mayor and Council’s overall vision and goals for the new facility.

Q: When will the SEC be complete?

This information will be shared when it comes available.

Q: Why was land for the SEC expropriated in 2013?

The specifics of the site for the SEC needed to be in the request for proposal (RFP) and they could not be changed during the RFP process. The expropriations were conducted early to ensure the site was completely available for the project.

Q: What is a non-binding letter of intent (LOI)?

An LOI is a document outlining an agreement between two or more parties. It sets the initial terms of a contract before the final agreement is completed.

[Last update: May 22, 2015.]

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