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Falls becoming ‘entertainment capital of Canada’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

The new 5,000-seat entertainment centre will be a catalyst for more development, and begin to position Niagara Falls as the “entertainment capital of Canada,” says Joe Dicosimo, president of Hospitality Resorts Inc., partner of Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners.

“With the world-famous falls behind us, known all over the world, the convention centre, all the great attractions that we built up over the years, this is the missing link,” he said during a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday.

“We’re positioned now, working together, to become the entertainment capital of Canada.”

Group chosen to build new Niagara Falls theatre

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Mississauga company Bird Construction is part of the consortium which will build a 5,000-seat entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

The company is among principals known as Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, which beat out four other conglomerates for the right to design, build and maintain the facility.

The winning bidder was announced by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corp. late Tuesday.

The theatre is expected to replace the 1,500-seat Avalon Ballroom at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, which has been limited by its size virtually from the day it opened in 2004.

By comparison, the new theatre will be equal in size to the 5,000-seat Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, and will double the 2,500-seat Events Center at Seneca Niagara Casino.

OLG picks group to build Niagara Falls entertainment centre

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From Niagara This Week:

It’s now known who will be responsible for building a new entertainment centre in Niagara Falls.

The OLG announced early Tuesday evening that the contract to build a 5,000-seat venue has been awarded to Niagara Falls Entertainment Partners, a consortium that includes Bird Construction Inc. of Mississauga.

The consortium will build and maintain the new facility.

In a news release, Bird said it will “perform the design and construction of the project and will also, through Bird Capital, a wholly owned subsidiary, take a minority equity interest in the concession responsible for the overall project, including design, construction, financing, and maintenance.”

The facility will feature a performance space with multiple stage configurations, a public lobby and gathering spaces, box offices, bar and concessions.

Make new entertainment centre all-ages: city council

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

A new 7,000-seat entertainment centre, planned to be built adjacent and connected to the gaming floor at the existing Fallsview Casino, should not just cater to adults and gamblers, say city council.

The venue, expected to host national and international-scale concerts, as well as sports and entertainment events, should also be open to younger people who might want to catch certain shows, say local politicians.

“It should be an all-ages venue, not just for those 19 and older,” said Coun. Carolynn Ioannoni. “It should be accessible to teenagers.”

Ioannoni was backed by her council colleagues this week when her motion was approved to “send a strong message” to the company managing the city’s two casinos that the new facility be family-friendly.

EDITORIAL: New concert venue at casino seven years overdue

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Although the announcement of a 7,000-seat entertainment centre at the Fallsview Casino is seven years late, it’s definitely a case of better late than never.

It’s never really been a question of should the casino build a larger entertainment complex, but why the heck didn’t they do it in the first place.

At a press conference Wednesday, casino representatives said they had wanted to increase the facility size for a number of years and commissioned a feasibility study for the project.

A look at the numbers released by the casino reveal something we all knew: This needs to happen here.

Tourism sector takes stock at season start

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

With new tourism-related services, and the potential for more in the coming years, officials see a bright future for the No. 1 industry in Niagara Falls.

As the traditional tourism season gets underway in the city, many of those involved in the sector are looking forward to seeing if, or how, the new convention centre will help an industry that has suffered some lean years recently.

But with the food and wine expo at the convention centre this weekend, an extension to GO rail service, with discussions continuing on a people-mover system and with the potential for a new 7,000-seat entertainment centre bringing A-list stars to the city in a few years, the long-term prospects look good, they say.

New multipurpose venue for casino?

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

Details on a proposed new entertainment facility will be revealed Wednesday during an announcement at the Scotiabank Convention Centre.

Clare Copeland, CEO of Falls Management Company, will unveil results of a strategic study regarding the major new venue starting at 1 p.m.

The announcement comes on the heels of Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati stressing the need for a new entertainment centre, saying it’s one of the city’s priorities over the next four years.

“It’s something whose time has come,” he told The Review in February.

Casino entertainment centre talks ‘ramp up’

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From the Niagara Falls Review:

More star power and a bigger theatre in Niagara Falls could boost tourism, create jobs and give Niagarans a better chance of getting tickets to the entertainers who perform at the Fallsview Casino, says Mayor Jim Diodati.

Encouraging the construction of a 7,000-seat entertainment centre will be one of city hall’s priorities over the next four years, Diodati said.

“It’s something whose time has come,” the mayor said in an interview this week, after a report on the city’s strategic priorities identified it as one of the “new tourism products” that should be developed in Niagara Falls.

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