The Canadian Finals Rodeo may still have a home in Edmonton past 2016.
Edmonton city councillor and Northland’s board member Tony Caterina says plans have somehow fallen through for the event to take place in Saskatoon in 2017.
“I don’t know what the circumstances were in Saskatoon, but even earlier on it seemed like a stretch that Saskatoon could support such and event, but the decision was made by CFR initially and it looks like they obviously looked at it again and Edmonton is back in play again.”
Caterina says CFR has always been a part of Northland’s Vision 20/20 plan even with Northlands Colliseum out of the picture.
“Certainly Hall D was, I think, being the venue that something like a CFR could continue on. About six or seven thousand seats in that particular bowl were sort of the discussion a year or so ago.”
As for how long CFR will stay in Edmonton, Caterina couldn’t exactly say.
“I can’t give you an details until we start to discuss this as a board and as a city to see how this could be accomodated for the long term if that’s the plan going forward, if that’s that agreement going forward. I don’t know the terms at this point — whether it’s a year, five years, ten years.”
Caterina says he’ll learn more at a board meeting scheduled for Thursday afternoon. (djs)