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News » Canada » Greater Sudbury backs plan for new entertainment district » published 24 Nov 2017

Greater Sudbury backs plan for new entertainment district

Greater Sudbury Council has approved the final site plan for a future entertainment district in the area.

The Kingsway Entertainment District will include an event centre, casino and associated hotel and restaurant development.

Mayor Brian Bigger said: “This evening’s decision culminates over 10 years of planning to renew our community arena and to strengthen our quality of life and place. It will benefit generations of residents as a choice destination for large concerts and sporting events.”

The first phase of the Kingsway Entertainment District consists of an arena/event centre owned by the City of Greater Sudbury, a gaming complex owned and operated by Gateway Casinos & Entertainment, a hotel complex, restaurants and an outdoor Festival Square that will connect the properties.

Municipal investment in the event centre, including infrastructure and roads, is projected to be CA$100m. Private sector partner Gateway Casinos has committed approximately CA$60m to build the new gaming and entertainment complex. Additional private sector investments are anticipated for the hotel and resort development.

The event centre will have 5,800 seats as a sporting venue and capacity of 6,500 for concerts. The current Sudbury Community Arena has 4,610 seats and capacity of 5,100 during concerts.

A key consideration in choosing the Kingsway as the location for a new event centre was availability of land for dedicated parking. The final integrated site plan for the entertainment district has 3,475 parking spaces with room for additional overflow parking as the district expands in the future.

The next step to move the event centre forward is approval of a financing plan as part of the 2018 capital budget for the municipality’s portion of the Kingsway Entertainment District. Council approval of criteria to evaluate contracts for a design-build model of event centre construction will follow early in 2018.

 

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This article was published on 24 Nov 2017 (last updated on 24 Nov 2017).

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