North­lands Coli­seum to close for good

No de­ci­sion made on fu­ture of the build­ing

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The North­lands Coli­seum, home to the Oil­ers for over four decades, will shut its doors for good at the end of 2017.

Coun­cil voted Wed­nes­day to take the fa­cil­ity back and close it down, as it was no longer cost-ef­fec­tive to keep it open for events.

How­ever, they didn’t make a fi­nal de­ci­sion about de­mo­li­tion.

The city still plans to re­pur­pose the rest of the site, though plans haven’t been fi­nal­ized.

“The fu­ture for North­lands af­ter this re­struc­tur­ing is strong and bright,” said Mayor Don Ive­son. “Af­ter this dif­fi­cult tran­si­tion we’ll be in a much bet­ter po­si­tion to drive events.”

De­spite vot­ing in favour, Coun. Mike Nickel called the de­ci­sion “very re­gret­table,” ex­plain­ing that con­trac­tual obli­ga­tions and missed op­por­tu­ni­ties left coun­cil­lors no choice.

“We have to shut the doors, and that breaks my heart,” he said.

The rink lost its prime ten­ant, the Oil­ers, when the team moved to Rogers Place last year.

The city had toyed with the idea of turn­ing the Coli­seum into an am­a­teur fa­cil­ity but found it’d be cheaper to tear it down and build some­thing new.

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