MTSC - A Solution for Capacity - The Visual Jan 11, 2007 0:20:37 GMT -5
Post by Ric O. on Jan 11, 2007 0:20:37 GMT -5
So, if we can demonstrate that say 1,000 or so quality seats can be relatively easily added to meet future demand,
3 years of "MTS Centre expansion" threads and the best (and only feasible it would seem) idea is from Darren: 12 more suites and 1 extra row in the upper deck to add possibly 500 seats.
Man, we really need a new arena in Winnipeg...
Ever consider that Chipman wanted it 15,000 seats so ppl wouldn't get excited about the NHL's possible return? So he wouldn't be hounded about it?
Just imagine the kind of harrassment he'd be subjected to (much to my delight though) if the MTS Centre seated 18,000 for NHL hockey in its original form...
I guess if you're going to talk about feasibility and 18000 seats...well let's say 17,000...
Cost of Pens: US$175M (C$201M)
Cost of Panthers: say US$90M (C$103M)
Forget the Pens, buy the Cats...Purchase Savings = C$98M
Estimated cost of ripping the roof off of MTSC to PROPERLY accomdate expansion of the upper bowl, say 2000 seats and a few more suites (some cantilevering on Hargrave and Donald sides is likely necessary), approximately C$40M (basically adding 1/3 to the original cost of building MTSC. Seems like a reasonable number, give or take $10M).
So for $143M you have a 17000 seat arena and a hockey team. Still seems feasible to me.
Ok, it's crazy,
- and I know Panthers are not for sale (they are just an example of a team that could conceivably be available in foreseeable future),
- and I know people say that the city would never allow the MTSC to go outside of its present footprint (I would never say never to such a thing since it's not impossible and I don't believe it's unfeasible from an engineering point of view),
- and I'm sure some smart businessman will put NHL hockey in MTSC just the way it is.
This is all just for fun in the absence of something more concrete to talk about, no pun intended.