Building arenas isn’t magic
Re: “Don’t believe the naysayers,” Steve Major, Opinion, and “Well-planned arenas help revitalize a city,” William Bell, Opinion, Oct. 7.
The two lengthy columns favouring a new, publicly funded arena make a lot of claims about our need for the arena, premised on lofty claims about need based on civic pride, illusory and immeasurable intangible benefits, and feelings.
There is no magic to building arenas.
Many jurisdictions have built many arenas and sports venues to their great and lasting self harm. The Flames already have a fairly new and excellent arena practically cost-free.
Every other business in town has to pay for its own plant and equipment, city taxes and salaries, and the larger community gains intangible benefits from their presence.
The Flames should be no exception. A new, unneeded arena is hardly equivalent to good libraries and performance theatres. If one’s pride in Calgary is wrapped up in the Flames, then one should wonder about how little they like Calgary. Kerry Kaminski, Calgary