Report: Bulldogs owner disappointed by rejection of new arena bid

Hamilton-Bulldogs

OHL Hamilton Bulldogs head coach John Gruden speaks to his team during third period Memorial Cup semifinal action against the Regina Pats in Regina on Friday, May, 25, 2018. (Jonathan Hayward / CP)

Hamilton Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer is reportedly disappointed by the city’s decision Wednesday to reject a bid to build a new, 6,000-seat arena for the Ontario Hockey League team, according to Don Mitchell of Global News.

Hamilton’s city council voted overwhelmingly (11 to three) against a plan to develop the new stadium at Lime Ridge Mall, the city’s largest shopping complex, in partnership with Cadillac Fairview.

Andlauer told Global that he’ll have to consider alternative options for housing the Bulldogs, who currently play at the 17,000-seat FirstOntario Centre, which opened in 1985.

“Because of this report, because of the press, I have had interests,” Andlauer said, per Mitchell. “But at the end of the day, I have to look at all my alternatives. I’ll do what’s in the best interests for fans. And we’ll go from there.”

The price tag for the new arena, in addition to a three-storey parking garage, was pegged at $126 million with Andlauer’s group taking over management of the facility for 20 years and footing $30 million of its initial cost.

A report presented to the city council that recommended against moving forward with the proposal helped rally councillors against it. The study cited cost, location and a potentially negative perception related to downsizing to an arena of fewer than 10,000 seats.

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