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Construction to start in 2014 for NHL-sized arena in Toronto

GTA Sports and Entertainment CEO Graeme Roustan, left, and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti on Nov....

GTA Sports and Entertainment CEO Graeme Roustan, left, and Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti on Nov. 30, 2013. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:46 PM ET

TORONTO - Could shovels break ground on the proposed NHL-sized $325 million GTA Centre as early as next year?

“In a best-case scenario, yes,” Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti said Saturday.

Added Graeme Roustan, Chairman and CEO of GTA Sports & Entertainment: “Oh ya. Absolutely. We’re ready to go.”

And with there being whispers that the NHL could expand by two teams in 2017 — the league’s 100th anniversary — well, even though both men deny that is the end game of this project, you can connect the dots yourself.

Sure, there are still monetary and bureaucratic hurdles that must be overcome before the first hole is dug. At the same time, a major step, in terms of dollars and cents, appears to have been taken in the process of turning the dream of both Scarpitti and Roustan into a reality.


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