Replacement of SaskTel Centre and TCU Place is recommended rather than renovations or status quo. The suggestion comes from a report commissioned jointly by three consultants and presented Monday afternoon at the city’s governance and priorities committee meeting.
The cost to replace the Saskatoon facilities is estimated at $330 million to $375 million.
SaskTel Centre opened in 1988 and was built at a cost of $26.1 million. According to its CEO, it is in dire need of upgrades.
“There are homes in this city that have kitchens larger than the kitchen that we have,” SaskTel Centre CEO Will Lofdahl said.
“We serve food for 15,000 people out of what used to be office space. Dressing rooms are inadequate, our rigging steel is lower than what it should be and also, how much you can hang from that steel is also an issue.”
The roof structure has become a factor when bidding on big shows. The height and capacity at SaskTel Centre is unable to support the weight of stage equipment some acts use. According to Lofdahl, the Garth Brooks concert string and associated economic impact was almost lost because of it.