Originally Posted by Innersoul1
So with the Flames becoming majority shareholders in the Stampeders organization I have heard a lot of chatter in the media about the potential for a multi-sport complex. Here are a couple questions I have, please feel free to share your thoughts:
1) With the Flames seemingly have made some progress as far as their desires for a new arena and 3 potential arenas is there any feasibility for a venue where both the Stamps and Flames could play?
2) The only location i can think of that could possible accommodate sucha facility with LRT access is the Grayhound/GSL site. Where else would this work?
3) Is there any value in having a stadium that has both NHL and CFL capabilities?
Personally, I think that it is in the best interests of the Stampede to keep the Flames close both for the feasibility of the site year round and for the value added through the Stampede Mainstreet development.
There is absolutely no chance of a combined NHL/CFL stadium. The metrics are just too different (just look at the original Heritage Classic in Edmonton, the rink was swimming in extra floor space).
Two teams would require two stadiums. There could be coordinated parking and LRT access, as well as coordinated office space. However where this has been tried there is massive amounts of space required for parking purposes (ie believe New Jersey Giants stadium is a good example).
Ultimately the Calgary Flames are looking to coordinate and consolidate the back office functions and marketing departments. Also, there are some public rumors the flames were offered the share rights as one Stampeders owner wanted to sell and there were no other buyers.