Brantford issues EOI for sports, entertainment centre

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The City of Brantford has issued an expression of interest (EOI) to find a private-sector partner to develop a new sports and entertainment centre.

The EOI can be found on the City of Brantford Bids and Tenders online portal. It also identifies a series of city-owned properties near the planned building location that the city is prepared to market as part of a potential partnership offering or arrangement to third-party developers or investors.

Responses are required by early May.

A decision regarding whether or not to proceed with the project is expected in late 2024, and if approved, the new facility could break ground as early as 2025 and open in 2027.

“This project is not just about a sports and entertainment centre,” said Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis. “It’s about building a vibrant and thriving community, anchored by the city’s downtown.

“We look forward to the next phase of this exciting journey and continuing to work collaboratively with our residents and business community to make Brantford a primary destination for sports and entertainment.”

Council has directed staff to begin site preparations at 79 Market St. S. while the search continues for a developer.

“Brantford has exceeded my expectations. The fans are fantastic and have shown us tremendous support from day one,” said Brantford Bulldogs owner Michael Andlauer. “The warm welcome, and obvious enthusiasm for the Bulldogs has meant a lot to the team and to me personally.

“I appreciate and support all of the City’s efforts, including their commitment to evaluate the feasibility of a new sports and entertainment centre, and I can unequivocally state that if council commits to building this facility, I will commit the Brantford Bulldogs to playing here in Brantford for the long term.”


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