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Old 05-12-2019, 09:28 AM   #1541
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Not arena related, but the city has proceeded on funding $19M to the Foothills Fieldhouse project to get a detailed design, as well master plan for area as whole completed for next year. It is expected the facility will take four and a half years to construct the fieldhouse.

In the report below, it gives details into what the design should consist that we already know about (track, gyms, pool, and new twin arena), possibility of partnering up with the university in funding and building the facility, as well possibly what will be done with McMahon stadium. The McMahon Stadium Society is interested in starting phase 1 of 4 in renovations that would cost $25M. It would be renovated concourses with enhanced and new washrooms, concessions, and circulation.

If you're interested in reading the report to the council committee:

Deputy City Manager's Office Report to Foothills Athletic Park Redevelopment Advisory Committee - 2019 May 10

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Old 05-12-2019, 10:59 AM   #1542
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Just my opinion but that's pretty underwhelming for a city fieldhouse. It's not really much larger than a typical community center. I don't see much of a draw here for people that live in the far south. They can build this state of the art library but when it comes to a fieldhouse this is the best they can do? Pretty weak. I get that Nenshi and some of the latte sippers in city hall don't see a lot of value in sports but man this city is falling behind in this area.

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It's not really much larger than a typical community center.

If your idea of a typical community centre is the Rocky Ridge YMCA, I guess.
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Old 05-12-2019, 12:32 PM   #1544
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Just my opinion but that's pretty underwhelming for a city fieldhouse. It's not really much larger than a typical community center. I don't see much of a draw here for people that live in the far south. They can build this state of the art library but when it comes to a fieldhouse this is the best they can do? Pretty weak. I get that Nenshi and some of the latte sippers in city hall don't see a lot of value in sports but man this city is falling behind in this area.
What would you be expecting for it to be more of what you would envision?
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If your idea of a typical community centre is the Rocky Ridge YMCA, I guess.


I was at Rocky Ridge YMCA last night for the first time - what an amazing facility!
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If your idea of a typical community centre is the Rocky Ridge YMCA, I guess.
Even the Genesis center in the NE isnít much smaller than this concept. Donít get me wrong it looks like a nice center but I was expecting a little more from a city field house.
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Even the Genesis center in the NE isnít much smaller than this concept. Donít get me wrong it looks like a nice center but I was expecting a little more from a city field house.
If we're going to compare to big sporting facilities for a city, a good one to compare to is the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre; which happens to be a city/university partnership. That one is pretty similar to what's being proposed for the fieldhouse, except that it doesn't feature a fieldhouse itself. So no turf/field playing surface.

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Even the Genesis center in the NE isnít much smaller than this concept. Donít get me wrong it looks like a nice center but I was expecting a little more from a city field house.

It doesn't look like anything yet, it hasn't been designed. Anything in the report is just for massing.



But there are limitations due to the utilitarian nature of the fieldhouse. Your footprint and shape is dependent on needing a big rectangle with lots of room above it to accommodate the field and the track. That basically leaves you with an airplane hangar type design that you can't load up too heavy on top.
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