A quick look at the Saddledome vs. other rinks

The Calgary Flames’ arena situation is suddenly up in the air after team president Ken King announced this week the club is pulling out of talks with the city.

King says the owners feel they can’t make a deal on a new rink because negotiations have been unproductive amid a municipal election campaign.

The 34-year-old Scotiabank Saddledome is the second-oldest arena in the NHL.

Here is a look at how the facility built for the 1988 Winter Olympics stacks up against Canada’s other arenas as well as the oldest and newest buildings in the league:

Scotiabank Saddledome (Calgary)

Opened: Oct. 15, 1983

Ownership: City of Calgary

Capacity for hockey: 19,289

Construction cost: $97.7 million; $37-million renovation completed in 1994.


Madison Square Garden (New York)

Opened: Feb. 11, 1968 at current location (four buildings have carried the Madison Square Garden name)

Ownership: Madison Square Garden Co.

Capacity for Hockey: 18,024

Construction cost: Most recently underwent an estimated US$1 billion (Cdn$1.22 billion) renovation completed in 2013. It’s the oldest arena in the league.


Air Canada Centre (Toronto)

Opened: Feb. 20, 1999

Ownership: Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd., which also owns the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Capacity for hockey: 18,800

Construction cost: $265 million


Bell Centre (Montreal)

Opened: March 16, 1996

Ownership: Molson family ownership group, which also owns the Montreal Canadiens.

Capacity for hockey: 21,273

Construction cost: $270 million


Canadian Tire Centre (Ottawa)

Opened: Jan. 15, 1996

Ownership: Capital Sports Properties, which is owned by Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.

Capacity for hockey: About 17,000 after team recently cut capacity by 1,500.

Construction cost: $170 million


Bell MTS Place (Winnipeg)

Opened: Nov. 16, 2004

Ownership: True North Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the Winnipeg Jets.

Capacity for hockey: 15,294

Construction cost: $133.5 million


Rogers Place (Edmonton)

Opened: Sept. 8, 2016

Ownership: City of Edmonton

Capacity for hockey: 18,641

Construction cost: $606.5 million


Rogers Arena (Vancouver)

Opened: Sept. 21, 1995

Ownership: Canucks Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the Vancouver Canucks.

Capacity for hockey: 18,910

Construction cost: $160 million


T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas)

Opened: April 6, 2016

Ownership: AEG and MGM Resorts International

Capcity for hockey: 17,500

Construction cost: US$375 million (Cdn$457.5 million)


Little Caesars Arena (Detroit)

Opened: Sept. 5, 2017

Ownership: City of Detroit

Capacity for hockey: 20,000

Construction cost: US$862.9 million (Cdn$1.05 billion)

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