On September 22nd, Concordia University of Edmonton made the exciting announcement that it plans to open the new Edmonton Institute of Community Research. This undertaking consists of various new buildings in and around campus. These include new dorms, new classrooms, improved science/drama/arts facilities, and additional study spaces. All in all, this venture promises to provide additional prestige and legitimacy to our wonderful campus and it’s surrounding community. Moreover, it allows Concordia to further pursue research and innovation on campus. This is a big step for our school.
However, regardless of the new buildings and infrastructure, another question was on everyone's mind. "What about the new arena?"
Yes, you read that correctly, I said the new arena. In addition to the Edmonton Institute of Community Research (EICR), Concordia announced the formal construction of their own arena. Conveniently located just minutes from the Downtown core and Stadium LRT line, the Concordia Thunderdome promises to be the next state of the art facility to hit our city. Once completed, the Thunderdome will sit on the predominantly vacant Southwest end of campus.
The arena is projected to cost roughly $12 million dollars, with $5 million of that coming from additional city taxes, and with the remaining $7 million being paid for with raised student tuition and various student fundraising initiatives like the CSA’s Paintball event happening on September 30th. Heavy construction is slated to begin during finals week in April 2017.
"Currently, Mayor Don Iveson and City Hall
are still deliberating on whether
to pass the new arena project.
A final verdict is tentatively
scheduled for the end of October. "
The Thunderdome will be multi-functional in nature, with several key day-to-day aspects to help out both students and faculty. For example, the new arena will be adding some much needed heated underground parking, with elevators which lead directly into Guild Hall and Tegler. The corporate upper boxes will double as small classrooms and private study spaces.
The Physical Education Faculty also recently announced that further sporting related classes can now be pursued thanks to the new facility. Figure Skating 101, 210 and 409 have been scheduled to begin after construction finishes up in the fall semester of 2020. Other classes like Skating for Beginners (110), Skating for Intermediates (210), Fundamentals of Hockey (310) and Skating Backwards (225 with labs) are also in the works.
Much like Rogers Place, the new Thunderdome will have an elaborate pedway system which will lead patrons over Ada Boulevard and into the River Valley. The new arena is also stated to be fully licensed, and will provide Concordia with its first ever bar on campus; which could quite possible be the biggest announcement of them all. This new bar, aptly named Blue’s Bar (after our favorite mascot) will be using the old lines and taps from the now defunct Rexall Place.
Our school is growing very quickly, and the Thunderdome will only add further value to campus life here at Concordia. Currently, Mayor Don Iveson and City Hall are still deliberating on whether to pass the new arena project. A final verdict is tentatively scheduled for the end of October. Until then, stay posted to The Bolt for all your Thunderdome updates.
Looking forward to those stadium beers on campus!