QUEBEC CITY – Quebecor president and CEO Pierre Karl Peladeau confirmed Sunday the company made an offer to Quebec City several months ago as part of a plan to build a new amphitheatre in the city.
Peladeau confirmed the news before the screening of the Montreal-Quebec series at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
The offer is said to be worth tens of millions. During a short press briefing, Peladeau declined to specify the exact amount.
However, he said that Quebecor has wanted to get involved in the project ever since Quebec City Mayor Regis Lebeaume starting talking about it in 2009.
He said the company wants to invest in the community by contributing to the possible return of an NHL franchise to the city.
“We are going to work hard to find what is required (to bring an NHL team to the city),” said Peladeau. “The first step is the construction of a new amphitheatre, and we have made the mayor an offer that we believe is substantial.”
As for questions relating to what the new building would be called, Peladeau said it was too early to say whether Quebecor or one of its affiliates would be involved in the naming process.
On Friday, QMI Agency sports columnist Yvon Pedneault revealed several elements of the news that, for many hockey fans, could be a sign that a new NHL team is indeed coming to the city.
Lebeaume has not yet commented on the recent developments.
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