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Edmonton council votes in favour of proceeding with new Oilers arena

Wednesday, 04.10.2013 / 8:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Edmonton council votes in favour of proceeding with new Oilers arena

EDMONTON - Even though the money is not all in place, Edmonton city council has given final approval to a deal that would see a new downtown arena built for the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

Councillors voted 10-3 in favour of the master agreement with Oilers owner Darryl Katz.

The rink will cost $480 million but $107 million still needed to be raised.

The city had hoped the province would make up that shortfall but Premier Alison Redford has repeatedly said there would be no direct provincial funding for an arena.

On Wednesday, city councillors also voted in favour of using $45 million from the city's portion of provincial funds for municipal infrastructure to make up for a chunk of the missing money.

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