Just a quick recap:
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What was promised...
(The stadium plan, as promised in April 2009)
$20 million from province, including $5 million for U of M recreation upgrades
$15 million from Ottawa, dedicated to U of M recreation upgrades
About $100 million from Creswin
City to sell Canad Inns Stadium site to Creswin at full market value
Entire plan hinges upon Creswin's ability to build shopping mall The Elms at current stadium site -- and use profits to fund construction
Asper to assume control of the Winnipeg Football Club, once The Elms is fully financed
30,000 seats, with cup holders, expandable to 45,000 seats
Sunken playing field, eight metres below ground
Wrap-around bowl with weather protection for 80 per cent of fans
Covered, ground-level concourse with 360-degree views of field from concession areas
Escalators and accessibility based on Canadian disability standards
Seasonal inflatable "bubble" for amateur sports and community recreation
"Top-quality" concessions, a restaurant and sports lounge
Private suites and group event facilities
Blue Bomber Hall of Fame and upgraded Bomber and Bison retail store
Interactive fan and player art inside, exterior art of Bomber championships
"Elite training centres" dedicated for use by Bombers and Bisons
Team offices and media centre
5,600 existing on-campus parking spaces with reserved stalls for season ticket holders
"Fan-Tram service" to transport fans to and from stadium and campus parking lots
Canad Inns Stadium site to be demolished
Construction of upscale retail centre on Polo Park stadium site
U of M recreation upgrades
Refurbishment of existing seating, washroom and locker-room facilities at University Stadium
New "world-class fitness centre" for U of M and community use to replace "Gritty Grotto"
Where we are now...
The stadium deal as it stands today:
Construction to begin before The Elms is complete
Province to provide financing, likely in exchange for reduced contribution
Asper could still own Bombers, if he eventually completes The Elms
City to serve as insurance policy if Creswin fails
Sources have offered conflicting reports, with some saying the stadium design has been scaled back and others suggesting only the provincial contribution has been reduced.
So we know that in exchange for the financing up front from the province to get construction started, they reduced their contribution in over all funding. So is Asper picking up the difference, or is that the reason we are seeing scaled back versions now ?