Arena study still stuck in limbo

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:25 AM ET

Don't expect to see any details from the arena feasibility study in the next couple of weeks.

The Arena Feasibility Committee -- the nine-member group looking into a new rink in this city -- has suffered another delay.

"I think it is March before it is released," committee member Andy Huntley told Sun Media yesterday.

That is at least a month behind its most recent goal of handing the report to Mayor Stephen Mandel by today.

While Huntley didn't want to comment any further --leaving that responsibility to chairman Lyle Best -- the setback is due to data being delivered to the group by outside sources.

Best was unavailable for comment yesterday.

This is the second delay for the committee, as the original completion goal was early last month.

The group was formally introduced to the public last April and is now apparently looking at a small handful -- up to seven -- potential sites for a proposed new arena in the city.

The current home of the Edmonton Oilers, Rexall Place, is the NHL's third-oldest arena.

There are seven years remaining on the lease between the hockey club and Rexall Place, which is operated by Northlands Park.

Huntley is one of two Northlands board members on the arena feasibility committee. Volunteer president Jerry Bouma is the other.

The committee also includes former Edmonton Investors Group chairman Cal Nichols, city manager Al Maurer and current Oilers president Patrick LaForge.


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