In the mid 60’s the City of Edmonton Aldermen were faced with an economic decision which would greatly affect the future of the City. The premise of the decision was whether to fund and build a new stadium to support the thriving Football team Edmonton Eskimo’s and Professional Hockey team known as the Edmonton Flyers.
The problem facing the city council was whether they should use public funds to build the arena which was to be a multi faceted building that would be the home of the Eskimos and the Flyers and several other sports teams and upcoming entertainment events. The building itself was an architecural first in North America and would have been a political as well as a civic Jewel. It would have put Edmonton on the world stage and brought the City into an economic boom not seen before in this area of the province, it would as well put it well ahead of its southern rival City of Calgary. In its wisdom the Council chose mediocrity as its course and turned the decision over to the citizens to determine the fate of the Omniplex project in an upcoming civic election. There were seveal debates on this topic over the next 6 weeks and when the day of the vote came the citizens spoke loud and clear and turned the project down.
Now lets fast forward to 2012 where this City is again faced with building a new Sporting Arena that would be the Jewel of Arenas in North America. If approved it would again put Edmonton on the Global map where it had been elevated too by the success of the Edmonton Oilers fantastic run of five Stanely Cups. Beyond that achievement the City became known because of its complete support of its sport teams it was the envy of many larger Cities. Edmonton was being spoken of in all circles of politics commerce and political fields during this era of success.
In life Modesty and mediocrity have there place however when it comes to business and politics it should never raise its head as it has proven to be the down fall of many companies and countries.
This City is being given a second chance to place itself in the lime light of the Global map it has an opportunity to sparkle brightly among the great Cities throughout North America and again in some European countries.
However as in the mid 60’s I believe mediocrity will be the stummbling point and demise of the New Arena thus taking Edmonton off the Global stage and plunge it into a 2nd rate status which I believe Edmonton will never recover from and eventually be a City with a million Plus citizens and always be known as a second rate operation using the Moto Shoulda Coulda Woulda. It will become a Global Ghost town where people will flock to in order to take a tour of the Tar sands projects.
Someone once stated that History will repeat itself we just never know when and how severly. Edmonton’s attitude and mediocrity will be the death knull of the new arena project and its position on the World Stage and become the laughing stock and 2nd rate .
I thank you for reading and passing on these thoughts, I am really scared that we will blow this second chance, as there are those who believe we can stand on our past reputation and achievements. This style of thinking is evident in the lack of foresight being exercised in the re-development of our Down town and numerous new arteries which have just been opened and have faced major repairs due to the poor planning and lack of foresight on the part of our Civic leaders who have been elected to run our City