Olympics bid was low­balled

Calgary Herald - - EDITORIAL -

Re: A big win or a big dis­ap­point­ment?; Lobby groups split on mer­its of Games, with pub­lic vote planned for Novem­ber, Sept. 13

As has been sug­gested by many peo­ple com­ment­ing on Cal­gary’s plans to host the 2026 Win­ter Olympics, it was as­sumed that the host plan would in­clude a new arena suit­able for stag­ing events. Rather than in­clude the es­ti­mated $600 mil­lion needed to build a new arena, Cal­gary 2026 only in­cluded funds to up­date the Sad­dle­dome while leav­ing the door open to the city ne­go­ti­at­ing for a new fa­cil­ity. This is a bla­tant at­tempt by Cal­gary 2026 CEO Mary Mo­ran to gain ac­cep­tance from Cal­gar­i­ans for a bid by us­ing use a cost es­ti­mate that is lower than what the mayor and coun­cil may ul­ti­mately com­mit to pay­ing.

Jamie Fisher, Cal­gary

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