OTTAWA – Ottawa senators have rekindled their old dream of building an amphitheater in the center of Canada’s federal capital.
The National Capital Commission (NCC) announced Thursday that the NHL franchise-run group won the bet for LeBreton’s complaints side and signed a letter of intent to develop a “cluster of major events.”
The proposal for the site west of Parliament Hill would primarily serve as a new home for the senators and would also include a multipurpose development center.
Capital Sports Development Inc., which owns the team, New York Islanders construction company UBS Arena, and entertainment company Live Nation, and the NCC added that they would like to secure a long-term lease of the site through fall 2023.
The Senators play at the Canadian Tire Centre, formerly known as the Palladium, in suburban Kanata, which opened in 1996.
The team had previously explored the possibility of moving into the LeBreton Flats, but the plan fell through after a legal battle between owner Eugene Melnyk, who died in March, and his business partners.
The 29 hectare site is located on the Ottawa River and has been at the heart of many development projects for several decades.
The NCC announced in December that it was taking another concrete step in hopes of making this place a place for entertainment, including a performance hall on 2.56 acres of land, the equivalent of about four footballs.
Bids had to be submitted by February at the latest.
LeBreton Flats was a residential and industrial area until the federal government expropriated all and demolished the buildings in the 1960s.
“We believe this development will have a major impact on the National Capital Region and our franchise, and will allow us to lay the foundation for the future of this city,” said Anthony LeBlanc, the Senators’ president of business operations, in a press release .
“We thank the NCC for their cooperation and look forward to working with them to take the next steps in this exciting adventure,” he added.