According to a new poll done by Mainstreet-Postmedia, the reception to the newly unveiled Rogers Place has been a mixed bag.
The president of Mainstreet Quito Maggi said that the results were pretty much 50/50 in favor and against the new rink.
“We talked to 817 people in Edmonton,” said Maggi. “(There were) mixed opinions about Rogers Place. 44 percent approved of the new arena, (and) 39 percent disapproved.”
Maggi said that he was a little surprised by the negative numbers.
“Usually there’s a bit of civic pride on these types of issues,” explained Maggi. “And people due tend to get behind these big civil projects.”
However, Maggi adds that their poll doesn’t show where people live in the city, so people in the suburbs may not like that it’s downtown.
Or, people downtown may not like that it’s going to make their neighbourhoods busier.
He added that 28 percent of Edmontonians plan to head to Rogers Place to see an event.
“That number may seem high,” said Maggi. “Obviously that’s a huge number of people. 31 percent of people said they’re unsure so combined it’s almost 50 percent of people. With 41 percent saying they definitely would never go to an event.”
Maggi says that the 28 percent figure doesn’t include people who don’t think they can afford to go, but would if they got tickets for free.
He also said it’s entirely possible that opinions could change in the future.
Maggi added that according to their research there was also a discrepancy in how the genders viewed the new arena.
53 percent of men were following the development while only 36 percent of women did. (km/rk)