Completion of Laval's Place Bell delayed until 2015
President of the Montreal Canadiens hockey club, Geoff Molson, assured 500 members of the Laval Board of Trade that the construction of the Place Bell amphitheatre-arena is still on track.
Molson said construction should begin next spring and be finished by the end of 2015, about a year after the original scheduled completion date.
The original site had also changed, from a quarry near the courthouse, to a spot near the Montmorency metro. The quarry land was believed to be too unstable.
The costs have also gone up, from $96 million to $120 million dollars, with Quebec kicking in about $46 million, Bell and Evenko, $32 million and the rest expected from Laval.
Molson is playing coy about the process in bringing a professional team to Laval to help fill the 10,000 seat arena.
"The building itself can be viable with all the events we're planning on bringing here. It could be a concert, it could be a sporting event," Molson told reporters.
"But it makes it much better for the city if there is a hockey team so the next step for us is to work on making sure that we do have the right team for the Laval market."
Molson said it doesn't necessarily have to be the Hamilton Bulldogs but certainly a team of that calibre.
Photo of Geoff Molson: Shuyee Lee