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Dalhousie mulls building new event centre with arena

Dalhousie University is considering building a new arena and event centre on campus. A document obtained by CBC News suggests the facility could be built on the same site as the old Dalhousie arena that was torn down in 2012.

Proposed facility would have an NHL-sized ice surface and seating for 900 spectators

The proposed arena would be built at the same site as the old Dalhousie arena, which was torn down in 2012. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

Dalhousie University is considering building a new arena and event centre on campus.

A document obtained by CBC News suggests the school's board of governors is expected to vote at a meeting this week on whether to build the complex. The board is scheduled to hold a meeting Tuesday afternoon, although the public agenda doesn't include an item on the arena and the university would not confirm a vote will be held.

The document suggests the facility could be built on the same site as the old Dalhousie arena that was torn down in 2012.

The site is currently a parking lot with an entrance from South Street.

The proposed Dalhousie Event Centre would have an NHL-sized ice surface and seating for 900 spectators, according to the document. The complex would come with its own physiotherapy clinic and flooring that would allow it to be used for multiple events, including convocation ceremonies, exams and conferences.

Since the old rink was demolished, the Dalhousie's men's and women's hockey teams have had to play their games at the Halifax Forum.

Dalhousie's men's and women's hockey teams have been playing their games at the Halifax Forum on Windsor Street. (Paul Palmeter/CBC)

If a decision is made to move forward with the new complex, it would be immediately communicated to university stakeholders.

The targeted opening date for the proposed facility is the fall of 2023.

The documents did not show how much the new arena would cost to build.

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Paul Palmeter is an award-winning video journalist born and raised in the Annapolis Valley. He has covered news and sports stories across the province for 30 years.

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