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Quebec Hoping For Construction of New NHL Arena

April 02, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 150

It's been 17 long and horrible winters since an NHL team has set foot in Quebec City and it's driving them crazy. Now that the NHL has experimented with putting teams in southern U.S. markets with little success, the possibility of teams relocating to Canada is a strong as ever. The city of Winnipeg and the return of the Jets has helped Quebec's cause. Since relocating from Atlanta, the Jets have boasted record sellouts and sparked plenty of fanfare city-wide. Jets tickets are extremely hard to come by in Winnipeg although they play in the smallest NHL arena at 15,000 capacity.

With the weakening of the Canadian dollar and playing in Quebec, Canada's smallest market, the Nordiques were sold to Denver where they are currently the Colorado Avalanche. The language barrier also played a part in the relocation because the Nordiques had limited marketability and some players wouldn't want to play there because of the language barrier. (The primary language in Quebec City is French). There were also no other large markets near the city to draw fans from which didn't help the Nordiques' overall team revenue and television market.

Although the Winnipeg Jets have been doing quiet well both financially and as a team, how will those factors fare ten years from now? That's the question Quebec must ask itself. Sure, they could sellout on the regular market but will they be able to sell corporate boxes and luxury suites? New arenas are popping up for the sole reason of owners to erect more private seating areas. Does Quebec have the corporate backing that Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa have?

The projected construction costs of the new arena in Quebec is in excess of 400 million Canadian dollars and a projected completion date of 2015. The governing bodies of both the city and province are expected to split the cost of the new NHL arena and media company Quebecor will also play it's part as an investor.

There are still plenty of clauses and fine print in the deal we can be certain. There is little time to waste, however. Cities such as Las Vegas, Kansas City, Seattle, Hamilton and Saskatoon have made it very clear that they're in pursuit of an NHL franchise. It may not be a matter of which city will be the best fit for a new NHL arena but which city has one erected the soonest. But the approval of a new arena makes Quebec's hopes of getting back their Nordiques all the more likely.

John Mann invites you to share your thoughts on the seats you sat in at NHL Arenas at Fromthisseat.com. Your feedback helps other fans decide where to sit before they purchase their tickets. It is absolutely free and easy to use. You can also follow John on Twitter @FromThisSeat.

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