Opening date set for event centre

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Thunder Bay hockey fans could be enjoying American Hockey League action in a brand-new rink in three years, according to the latest project update.
A letter of intent ratified Monday night by city council and a business consortium slated to build the $106-million event and convention centre, puts the tentative opening date at September 2017.
Thunder Bay facilities manager Michael Smith said in a news release that while the city is “pleased” to have the letter of intent in place, it is “non-binding” on both parties.
The Thunder Bay LIVE! consortium includes Winnipeg’s True North Sports and Entertainment, which plans to move its AHL farm team in St. John’s, N.L., to Thunder Bay if the 5,700-seat arena, to be part of the centre, becomes a reality.
The project won’t go ahead, according to the letter of intent, unless provincial and federal funding are committed. Both levels of government have indicated they like the plan outlined so far.
According to the city release, the letter of intent will “terminate” if all parties in the project have not established “definitive agreements” by March 31, 2015.

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