WATCH ABOVE: An email sent to Calgary Flames ticket holders and a 桑拿会所 account have lead to speculation an announcement of a new arena could come next week. Global’s Brendan Parker reports.
CALGARY –Flames season ticket holders are wondering what “transformative project” the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation is going to unveil next week after receiving an email on Wednesday morning.
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Ken King’s comments fuel arena speculation
“We would like to share a proposal for a project that will make all Calgarians and Albertans proud,” said the email, signed by president and CEO Ken King. “This has the potential to be one of Calgary’s most transformative projects at a vital time in our city’s history. This will be our first public discussion on this project and it is important that you be among the first to know.”
The email, which is fuelling speculation about a new arena in the city, clarifies the Aug. 18 information session will not be an “official launch” but will share “what has been done to date” and the “vision for the future.”
Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s office declined to comment on the project described in the email.
The domain names for the websites calgarynext桑拿按摩 and calgarynext杭州龙凤 were registered to a Calgary company in July.
During a March 5 interview on a local radio station, King alluded to such a project, and said, “when you see our project, people are just going to love it, and we’re not going to sneak in here and steal money from the city.”
WATCH: Ken King’s comments fuel arena speculation
The project, dubbed CalgaryNEXT, also started its own 桑拿会所 account on Wednesday.
Welcome to the 桑拿会所 home of #CalgaryNext. Stay tuned Tuesday, August 18, 2015. #yyc
— Calgary Next (@CalgaryNext) August 12, 2015
It generated lots of reaction online from those in the sports community:
For the stadium nerds (like me), sounds like Calgary’s new arena/stadium proposal set to be unveiled next week. https://t.co/Q4Xi0JtG0z
— Tom Gazzola (@TomGazzola) August 12, 2015
Just got this email from the Flames regarding the arena project – “Calgary Next”. Never thought the day would come! pic.twitter杭州龙凤/kG3l71NuM8
— Ryan Connery (@RyanCYYC) August 12, 2015
Make the city proud. ☑️ Transformative. ☑️ The Flames are working from the Oilers how to get an arena handbook. https://t.co/TFAdI46GFc
— Ryan Batty (@ryan_batty) August 12, 2015
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