New Winnipeg stadium proposal unveiled Last Updated: Friday, June 27, 2008 | 11:55 AM CT Comments9Recommend10CBC News A map of David Asper's proposed stadium plan in the Point Douglas neighbourhood. (blueandgold.ca)David Asper, who has been working for more than a year on a plan to build a new football stadium in Winnipeg, has unveiled more detailed plans for a year-round, bubble-covered stadium and water park complex in the Point Douglas neighbourhood.
The nearly $400-million development would transform 20 hectares of land on the south side of the inner-city neighbourhood.
"It would allow us to be a part of improving this historic community while showcasing a premium Winnipeg stadium situated along the banks of the Red River and with views of our downtown skyline," Asper, executive vice-president of Canwest Global Communications, said in a release.
Asper unveiled his new proposal for a Point Douglas stadium and water park complex on Friday. (blueandgold.ca)The project includes a 30,000 to 40,000-seat, bubble-covered stadium and water park, "designed by the team responsible for Disney World and West Edmonton [Mall]" with clear, retractable walls that would open in summer and close in the winter.
It also includes a pedestrian bridge across Red River to Whittier Park and Fort Gibraltar in St. Boniface, and major traffic and infrastructure upgrades that could include off-ramps from the Disraeli Freeway and the "relocation" of Higgins Avenue north so that it runs immediately parallel to the current rail line.
Despite a price tag that is nearly twice that of his previous Polo Park proposal, the Point Douglas plan reduces the amount of public money sought to $25 million from the province and $15 million from the federal government. The city would be responsible for land assembly, the proposal indicates.
The deal would be "driven" by the sale, to Asper's company Creswin, of the Polo Park land where the 55-year-old current arena sits. It also requires the approval of the Winnipeg Football Club's board of directors.
Asper's previous Polo Park proposal called for $40 million each from Manitoba and Ottawa for a $265-million project.
kenas10: Go Jets Go! Here we are 7 years later starting the Conference Finals against the Las Vegas Knights! I'm still a season ticket holder, have been since day 1. I was KennyS and was on the forum the whole time!! Blast reading all of this. Go Jets Go!
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