To build or not to build?

Dan Shaw said business would easily quadruple at his downtown pub if the Katz Group gets its way and builds an arena district in downtown Edmonton.

Dan Shaw said business would easily quadruple at his downtown pub if the Katz Group gets its way and builds an arena district in downtown Edmonton.

Shaw is the general manager at Rose & Crown on 102 Avenue and 101 Street. He said the bar is already busy but the extra business an arena district would attract has the GM seeing dollar signs.

“I’m busy right now. I’m packed at cocktail hour, packed at lunchtime,” Shaw said. “Business would easily go up three to four times (if the arena district was built) because every given night there’ll be a concert or a hockey game. These stadiums don’t sit empty.”

Starting next week, Edmontonians will have a chance to learn more and give feedback on the proposed downtown sports and entertainment facility.

Bob Black, Katz Group’s vice-president of sports and entertainment, said the public consultation process is integral to ensuring the district is right for Edmontonians.

“This is one of the most important conversations we have had in Edmonton for a long time,” Black said. “It’s a conversation about much more than an arena. It is a conversation about what kind of future we wish to have for our city.”

 
 
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