Doug McCallum guarantees to construct 60,000-seat stadium if re-elected as Surrey mayor


Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum is promising to construct a 60,000-seat stadium within the metropolis if re-elected this fall.

The marketing campaign promise is a part of the Protected Surrey Coalition election platform, particulars of which will probably be launched Thursday morning (Aug. 25), the mayor says.

“If we’re re-elected, we’re going to construct a 60,000-seat area in Surrey,” McCallum instructed the Now-Chief in a telephone name Wednesday (Aug. 24).

“It will be multi-purpose and may very well be modified to deal with any sport, perhaps baseball, and soccer,” he added, “and we’ve a giant demand for occasions we’ve, particularly for cultural festivals, however we don’t have anyplace to place these occasions.”

In Vancouver, BC Place Stadium has a capability of simply over 54,000, and the 2 pro-sport tenants, BC Lions soccer membership and Vancouver Whitecaps soccer workforce, come nowhere near filling the stadium with followers for video games.

McCallum says 60,000 seats in an acceptable capability for a Surrey stadium, or “area,” as he referred to as it.

“We have now massive cultural occasions, and have the flexibility to have lots of people attend occasions. We don’t have even a mid-sized area,” McCallum mentioned.

“We’re a giant metropolis now, and we’ve to begin considering massive like this. I believe it’s shortsighted to construct a stadium that isn’t going to be sufficiently big and may work over the subsequent 20 or 30 years.

“There are occasions that we really feel we are able to fill it with, particularly within the cultural space, and in addition there’s all kinds of requests we get from the film trade, for filming places. They’re at all times in search of massive amenities, massive areas and so forth.”

A precise location isn’t but determined, McCallum mentioned.

Sports activities have turn out to be “very, very massive in Surrey proper now,” he mentioned, “and we’ve been instructed that if we take a look at spectators for soccer and hockey, a very good variety of the spectators are from Surrey.

“We have now a few of the greatest sports activities amenities in Surrey, and we’re going to proceed to construct them,” McCallum added.

The civic election in Surrey will probably be held on Oct. 15.

Jasbir Sandhu, a council candidate with Sukh Dhaliwal’s United Surrey slate, expressed his doubt concerning the marketing campaign pledge over Twitter, as did many others Wednesday.

“This can be a distraction from their document over the past 4 years,” Sandhu tweeted. “The canal continues to be not constructed. Beware of huge guarantees by determined politicians up for re-election.”

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