Weekly Query: What Are Your Needs For The Downtown Area?


Issues are wanting up for the Ottawa Senators.

There’s extra hope for the long run, each on and off the ice, than there was in years, and the newest bit of fine information is that the brand new area at Lebreton Flats is definitely going to occur.

It gained’t occur quickly – the timeline we have now proper now has building beginning in late 2024, and issues have fallen aside earlier than – however it appears prefer it’s taking place.

When the choice was introduced on Thursday, there was a lot celebration across the fanbase – and no small quantity of hypothesis about what the world may find yourself wanting like. The companions the Sens have introduced on for this bid have labored on arenas earlier than, together with Seattle’s new Local weather Pledge Area, which options a lot of cool facilities. The fan ideas I noticed ranged from regular (higher concessions) to absurd (one picture launched by the Senators pictured individuals in canoes and kayaks within the foreground, prompting some to joke that the world can be accessible through the river).

Whereas we trip this excessive of anticipation, I assumed it might be related to ask: what would you wish to see on this new area?

Listed below are just a few of the objects on my wishlist, in no explicit order.

Pupil Reductions

The brand new area is meant to be very accessible by transit, and comparatively near each Carleton and the College of Ottawa. This implies it’ll be means simpler for college kids to make their means over to the world to catch a Sens recreation just a few instances each semester. It could be nice if the Sens may comply with within the footsteps of different NHL groups by issuing pupil reductions for no less than just a few video games throughout the season. It might be a good way for the Sens to achieve out to a brand new viewers and create a enjoyable ambiance at residence video games.

Make it accessible by bike

Okay, I do know what you’re all pondering, however hear me out. Sure, it’s nearly not possible to bike in Ottawa throughout many of the NHL season. This might solely be useful throughout the pre-season, the very finish of the common season and (fingers crossed!) the playoffs.

However how wonderful would it not be in the event you may simply bike to the world throughout these instances of the 12 months? What about concert events in the summertime? Give us a motorbike path resulting in the world, and plenty of locations the place individuals can lock up their bikes, and it is going to be price it only for that very temporary time frame the place followers can bike to the world. After years of lengthy bus rides and visitors jams on the freeway, it might be such a welcome change of tempo.

A number of locations to hang around after the sport

Simply being downtown already takes away a few of the want for this, however it actually shall be good to have the ability to spend extra time within the area, with out the stress of needing to catch a 400-series bus or understanding that you’ve got a protracted drive forward of you. Going to video games must be a enjoyable, social exercise. Give us an excellent ambiance on the area even when the sport isn’t taking place.

Hold the great seats

Say what you’ll concerning the Canadian Tire Centre, however there’s one benefit of it: there isn’t a foul seat in the home. Irrespective of the place you’re sitting, you’ll be capable of see what’s taking place on the ice and really feel like part of the group. That’s not a given in NHL arenas, and I hope the brand new area has equally good sightlines.

A bit of little bit of sens historical past

I’ve all the time appreciated strolling previous footage of previous Senators and previous bits of Sens memorabilia on the Canadian Tire Centre. Positive, a lot of these footage are solely up as a result of the workforce hasn’t but gotten round to swapping out the previous participant murals for photos of gamers who really play for this workforce, however it’s nonetheless good, and I’d wish to see extra of that.

Perhaps add some individuals to the ring of honour, too, and ensure there’s some form of associated show within the area that followers can take a look at. The workforce is coming into its thirtieth season, and positive there hasn’t been loads to brag about, however they’ve had some good gamers and memorable moments. Be certain these are commemorated within the new area.

Scorching water within the faucets

I’m principally joking.


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