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  • Jack
    August 08, 2013 - 22:31

    Better ideas to alleviate the Pepsi Centre's financial problems including major cuts to managerial, board, and security staff, purchase an electric Zamboni machine to reduce long term energy costs, and get the City of Corner Brook to take over the facility's management.

  • david
    August 08, 2013 - 10:12

    The Pepsi Center will eventually go bankrupt, or get sold to Wal Mart for $1, but it was a complete success. It got politicians, especially Danny Williams and his Town-fixated ambition, a very ego-stroking ribbon-cutting, a gratifying Winter Games pulpit with national media exposure , and 15 years of easy election victories. Not a dime of their own money, and they're all off enjoying their pensions (As he saunters in last, the crowd on Cheers cries "TOM!"...). Huge success...another Newfie white elephant.

    • Jack
      August 08, 2013 - 22:29

      Danny Williams was not the Premier when Pepsi Centre was built. The facility was built when the Liberals were in power during the Clyde Wells and Brian Tobin eras for the 1999 Canada Games in Corner Brook. At the end of the day, the best policy for the Pepsi Centre is for the City of Corner Brook to take the page of other towns with arenas and recreational centres, and take over Pepsi Centre management.

    • david
      August 09, 2013 - 07:57

      I stand corrected, thank you. I forget those jokers as fast as they come and go....different party, different empty suit, SOS. No matter, the point stands. As for your suggestion, why in the world would you believe that any local group in Newfoundland could take control of a massive white elephant, already well on its way down the toilet, and work some pure managerial magic required to turn it around ---- because there's a long history of that kind of operations restructuring wizardry here ?! Or because it would let resentful Townie taxpayers wash their lilly-white hands clean of yet another non-Avalon headache?

    • Jack
      August 09, 2013 - 08:25

      Dave, you're aware that the Pepsi Centre is the only arena and recreational centre outside the Avalon managed through a third party company, notably Western Sports and Entertainment and Memorial University Grenfell Campus. Other arenas outside the Avalon, such as the Stephenville Dome (Stephenville), Hodder Memorial Recreational Complex (Deer Lake), Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium (Grand Falls - Windsor), Gander Community Centre Ice Rink (Gander), Gros Morne Arena (Rocky Harbour), and Polar Centre (St. Anthony) are town managed and operated, and they manage to turn a profit whereas Pepsi Centre whom are privately operated incur a loss.

    • david
      August 09, 2013 - 08:56

      Jack: you realize that every one of these arenas is just an ice surface, built to fit the town it was built in at the time, with the financing needed to construct it paid off decades ago, and with enough existing activities (not made-up, potential special events) to support it....and even at that, with the qualifiers 'barely' and 'at least for now'. You get that, right? This building is a quasi-convention centre in too small of a town with no capacity from Day 1 to sustain it. And that's not even mentioning the immensely shoddy construction that has left it a complete albatross ---- nicely book-ended with the new shambles of a courthouse just down the road. And, like everything else, the "hope for the best" management strategy was to kick in and save the day.........hooray!

  • a business man
    August 08, 2013 - 06:56

    Personally, I think they should increase the prices at the concessions. Perhaps $5 per bottle of water can generate the money needed. I support increased user fees, increased concession fees and increased parking fees, and maybe even locker rentals. As far as I am concerned, it should be those who use the facility that end up paying for it, and those who use it the most should end up paying the most.

    • Brad
      August 08, 2013 - 10:48

      Once again, your logic, or lack thereof, for a supposed laywer, astounds me. "Attracting a major tenant and entertainment as a source of revenue appear to be receiving the most attention. Bradshaw said losing the Corner Brook Royals before last season was a hit — he estimated the ice rental, seat sales, and other activities associated with the team to be about 3.5 per cent of the revenue...Combine that with a drop in rentals for the conference and meeting rooms, and he said the impact was significant...Bradshaw said bringing in entertainers is a risky venture. Fronting costs with the uncertainity of ticket sales leaves the board cautious. He also said it’s unknown if people would come to Corner Brook for shows." How can you increase prices at the concessions, if there are no events at the arena? 5/bottle x 0 people is still 0.