Calgary Flames pull out of arena negotiations in run-up to civic election

Published on September 12, 2017

Steam rises from buildings near the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. The Calgary Flames have cancelled plans to build a new arena. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

CALGARY — The Calgary Flames say they're pulling out of talks with the city for a new arena.

Flames president Ken King said Flames owners believe they can't make a deal because negotiations have been unproductive.

King said the Flames owners remain committed to staying in Calgary for now.

A proposal to put an arena, football stadium and field house on the west side of downtown took a backseat to talks of building an arena on the east side of downtown.

The announcement comes in the run-up to a civic election next month. Mayor Naheed Nenshi is running for a third term.

Nenshi said he would comment tomorrow as he was in council meetings when the Flames made their announcement.





The Canadian Press