Gary Lamphier: Northlands unveils bold redevelopment plan
The highlights of Northlands’ sweeping revitalization plan include:
• The transformation of Rexall Place into the Northlands Ice Coliseum, a two-floor arena housing six or seven sheets of ice with seats for up to 3,000 spectators. The redesigned facility would feature exterior upgrades — including glass walled cut-outs — and would mainly target minor hockey and old-timers tournaments. Estimated cost for the facelift: about $85 million.
• Development of a unique “urban festival site” at Northlands Park with the capacity to host mega-scale concerts, festivals and other major events for crowds of between 30,000 and 140,000 people. A large stage would be located on the north side of the current raceway site and would face an open grass-covered area allowing concertgoers to enjoy a more “organic” outdoor experience.
• Refurbishing the Expo Centre’s current Hall D into a 5,000-seat space for smaller concerts and sporting events. The reno plan includes replacing the hall’s current roof and raising it some 16 metres.
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