The City of Calgary and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) have restarted formal discussions on a new event centre in the city...

The city said it will be represented by CAA ICON, a management consulting firm focused on sports venues, throughout the negotiations. CAA ICON also had a role to play in various other event centre projects, such as Rogers Place in Edmonton and the Calgary Convention Centre. 

Ward 1 Coun. Sonya Sharp, who also chairs the city’s event centre committee, said the hiring of CAA ICON is the difference between the upcoming discussions and the previous talks with CSEC. “This is what they do,” Sharp told reporters. “They’re subject matter experts in this field and the City of Calgary went through the process to make sure that we have the right people in place for this next phase.”

There isn’t a set timeline in place for both sides to reach a formal agreement, but Sharp told reporters CAA ICON would be “running the show” and will be in charge of setting those timelines.

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