I’d say you’re right on both counts, however, that would go against the city’s and CMLC’s vision of it being a pedestrian-scaled arena (would be a much taller megalithic block face). Basically the difference between arenas like MTS Centre and T-Mobile arena vs the Federation Starship Enterprise (Rogers Place) and the Pepsi Centre. So I imagine their design will be partially underground.Would building the arena entirely above ground save in building costs? It would also help in making it flood resistant.
Don’t forget 4 Street SE Subway Station on the Green Line, the proposed 5 Street SE underpass into the EV, and the proximity to the Central Library and National Music Centre. Having all of these cultural/entertainment institutions clustered is going to go a long way towards creating a vibrant east downtown area.mImagine how successful this area can be if they nail the arena along with the new BMO. The improved street scape, 17th ave extension, redone Victoria Park C-Train station, new hotel, new retail strip. This could be a huge winner! Plus it is extremely close to the East Village and all the new amenities there. Stoked to see the final design, hopefully around Christmas is what i remember hearing at one point.