Arena and Event Centre
About the Project: The existing Sudbury Community Arena – home to the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves and host to nearly 200,000 spectators every year – was originally built in 1951. Despite major renovations in the last 16 years, a 2015 report estimated the costs to bring the Arena up to the current standards of a sports and entertainment complex at approximately $50 million. In 2016, City Council endorsed a new multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility as one its four priority projects.
Community Partners: The City is the lead organization on the new arena project, working in partnership with community stakeholders including the Sudbury Wolves.
Budget and Breakdown of Contributions: No set costs have yet been determined. Budget and potential financing models will be developed based on specifications outlined as part of a market assessment, currently in progress.
Anticipated Project Outcomes: A new sports and entertainment facility, at a site to be determined, capable of supporting large-scale sporting and entertainment events and groups. A new facility would include amenities such as accessibility considerations, retail and concession spaces, and expanded seating capacity. A determination of location will be made by Council at a later date.
Anticipated Community Benefits: A new facility will drive economic and social growth. An audience for sporting and entertainment events already exists, and a new complex will allow for expansion of the market and grow the City’s regional, national and international presence.
Current Status: Significant background information exists on the subject of a new arena; however, a clear set of specifications and criteria have not yet been developed to determine what the community needs in a multi-use sports and entertainment complex. The City has hired Price Waterhouse Coopers to complete a market assessment for such a complex, including identification of user needs, economic and social impacts of a new complex, partnership opportunities, possible financing models, and site location criteria.
Next Steps: Working with the consultant, City staff will report to Council on March 7, 2017. The report will include a market and future needs assessment, location criteria, facility concept and cost estimates, a capital budget and financing models, as well as an operational model.