The­atre on track for mid-2019 open­ing

En­ter­tain­ment cen­tre will seat 5,000

The Niagara Falls Review - - Front Page - RAY SPITERI Ray­[email protected]­a­garadailies.com 905-225-1645 | @RaySpi­teri

Con­struc­tion on the new 5,000seat en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre in Ni­a­gara Falls is “go­ing well and track­ing good progress” to­wards its ex­pected mid-2019 open­ing.

“This remains our gen­eral es­ti­mated time­line with more specifics to come in the near fu­ture,” said On­tario Lot­tery and Gam­ing spokesper­son Tony Bi­tonti.

OLG se­lected Ni­a­gara Falls En­ter­tain­ment Part­ners to be re­spon­si­ble for all de­vel­op­ment cap­i­tal and main­te­nance costs as­so­ci­ated with the new the­atre.

Ni­a­gara Falls En­ter­tain­ment Part­ners is a con­sor­tium which in­cludes Mis­sis­sauga-based con­struc­tion com­pany Bird Con­struc­tion.

Mo­he­gan Gam­ing & En­ter­tain­ment will be re­spon­si­ble for the day-to-day op­er­a­tion of the cen­tre.

The fa­cil­ity will be lo­cated ad­ja­cent to Fallsview Casino, next to the Hil­ton Ho­tel at the corner of Stan­ley Av­enue and Mur­ray Street, and will be con­nected to the casino by an en­closed pedes­trian walk­way.

Con­struc­tion be­gan in the fall of 2017, and at the time of­fi­cials said the cen­tre is ex­pected to open in June 2019.

Bi­tonti said the pro­ject is ex­pected to re­sult in an ini­tial cap­i­tal in­vest­ment of more than $130 mil­lion. More than 800 di­rect jobs are as­so­ci­ated with the con­struc­tion, as well as what will be the on­go­ing main­te­nance and op­er­a­tions of the cen­tre.

“The City of Ni­a­gara Falls hosts two suc­cess­ful gam­ing fa­cil­i­ties and is a nat­u­ral tourist hub,” said Bi­tonti.

“The new en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre will ac­com­mo­date larger con­certs, shows and at­trac­tions, and is ex­pected to draw more vis­i­tors to the city of Ni­a­gara Falls and the Ni­a­gara casi­nos.”

He said OLG is “proud” to be part of the Ni­a­gara Falls com­mu­nity, and to “help en­sure the long-term com­pet­i­tive­ness of Fallsview Casino Re­sort and Casino Ni­a­gara.”

Ni­a­gara Falls of­fi­cials have pointed to a consultant’s study that de­scribed the en­ter­tain­ment cen­tre as one of the “miss­ing pieces” of the lo­cal tourism puz­zle that would bring an ex­tra one-mil­lion peo­ple a year to the city. They also said with 5,000 seats, it will be eas­ier for peo­ple to get tick­ets to shows than it cur­rently is at Fallsview Casino’s Avalon Ball­room, which seats only 1,500 peo­ple.

BOB TYMCZYSZYN THE ST. CATHARINES STAN­DARD

The new 5,000-seat the­atre lo­cated next to the Hil­ton Ho­tel is be­gin­ning to take shape and will be linked to Fallsview Casino by a new en­closed walk­way.

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