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Old October 5th, 2008, 06:30 PM   #21
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Here's what the WFCU centre looked like Saturday:
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Old October 6th, 2008, 04:57 AM   #22
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Old December 14th, 2008, 06:14 PM   #23
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WFCU Centre dazzles in pre-game dress rehearsal

Craig Pearson, The Windsor Star, The Windsor Star

Published: Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Nick Brancaccio, The Windsor Star



Aerial view of the sparkling Windsor Family Credit Union Centre during the first official event, an exhibition hockey game acting as a trial run for Thursday's Spitfires hockey game.

Windsor finally has its own star on ice.

The 6,500-seat, $71-million Windsor Family Credit Union Centre, which launches amid much hoopla with the sold-out inaugural Spitfires game against the Belleville Bulls Thursday night, offers a range of goodies: four ice pads, 31 luxury suites, the biggest and fanciest scoreboard in the OHL, bars, concessions, shops and style a-plenty.

The Spitfires are the No. 1-ranked junior team in Canada and now boast what many observers call the nicest home in the league.

"It's a different feel for Windsor, alright," said Don Sadler, the city's executive director of parks and facilities, during a tour of the new arena. "I think most people who see the complex are going to be pleasantly surprised."

The WFCU Centre represents more than simply a chic place to watch hockey. It's also a symbol of something bigger, of achieving a goal that has eluded the community for more than half a century.

After decades of false starts, failed negotiations and broken dreams, Windsor is set to open its own version of the Taj Mahal, a sports shrine that befits a metropolitan centre.

It couldn't come at a better time - a little earlier than the projected January 2009 opening, in fact - given this auto town's beleaguered economy.

"People still need an outlet, they still need a place to come and forget what's going on outside in other areas of their lives," said Sadler, who oversaw the project on behalf of the city. "They need to be able to come to an affordable event. And we have a terrific hockey team.

"We have to have some good news in this city. Certainly this facility, and the activities in it, is good news."

City council approved a $69-million building, though thanks to revenue from sales of old facilities and naming rights, the city's share was supposed to be $64.9-million. That came in under budget, courtesy of a $4 million provincial grant. Councillors used half to lower the city's cost to $62.9 million and half to add maintenance-friendly and entertainment upgrades for non-Spitfire events.

The improvements brought the total cost to $71 million, which will be paid off by February 2010.

Frank Costella, who works for the city taking care of Charles Clark Square, was impressed by what he saw in a special Tuesday night preview of the arena.

"It's amazing. I got a real eye-opener when I walked in here," Costella said. "I'm not used to seeing something this big in the city of Windsor."

The detail throughout the complex offers much to savour from a fan perspective.

Burgundy seats; taupe blocks; grey highlights; luxury suites outfitted with 14 seats, flat-screen TVs, refrigerators and sinks; a skills training centre designed to look like a mini-hockey rink, where youngsters can test their shots and skate on a treadmill; a tribute dedicated to Mickey Renaud, the popular Spitfires captain who passed away this year; a digital display of the Windsor/Essex County Sports Hall of Fame; two bronze sculptures of children donated by the Collavino family which owns PCR, the general contractor; four stone inukshuks outside to represent the family theme of the complex; and Windsor's first traffic circle, on Mickey Renaud Way leading to the complex

"It's first-class," said Peter Dobrich, Spitfires governor and co-owner of the team. "It's awesome. Everyone's buzzing about the facility, the team, and opening night."

How much buzz?

The opening night sold out in one hour. Though half the 6,500 seats were already taken by season-ticket holders, and dignitaries claimed another several hundred, that still left 2,500 of the hottest tickets in town - snapped up as fast as a slapshot.

"We're elated," Dobrich said. "People are going to be in an awesome facility. We feel it's the best in Canada."

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Old December 15th, 2008, 11:46 PM   #24
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My parents' company is a sponser. They have ads on the Jumbo-tron, and a billboard.
Pretty cool stuff. Great place.
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Old May 2nd, 2009, 08:10 PM   #25
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Anything new in Windsor these days?
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Old May 5th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #26
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Well .. I grew up in Windsor and the state of the downtown district is pathetic .. and yet they still want to go ahead with this ..

http://www.windsorstar.com/news/Tran...012/story.html

On a more interesting note .. it appears they are getting ready for the second bridge ..

http://www.windsorstar.com/Business/...871/story.html
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Old May 20th, 2009, 10:01 AM   #27
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Oh no .. looks like they are considering the canal ..

http://www.windsorstar.com/Wowed+cou...385/story.html
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Old September 20th, 2009, 05:52 PM   #28
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I drove around Windsor yesterday and there were a lot of new condos going up along the riverfront.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 08:33 PM   #29
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 05:26 AM   #30
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sorry to boot up this old thread, but i was in Windsor today, and noticed something that looks like a core in its very early stages going up across from the casino. anybody know anything about this?
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Old October 23rd, 2010, 06:43 AM   #31
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sorry to boot up this old thread, but i was in Windsor today, and noticed something that looks like a core in its very early stages going up across from the casino. anybody know anything about this?
Yeah, unfortunately, it's nothing big, just a retention basin to help clean water entering the Detroit river from Canada. Kind of a disappointment.

http://www.citywindsor.ca/003393.asp
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Old October 24th, 2010, 04:43 AM   #32
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It's part of the federal government stimulus program. That project costs $60 million, is decades overdue and would have never been possible without the stimulus. It's badly needed and should help prevent the basement flooding that has been a frequent occurrence in some neighbourhoods on the east side whenever a storm happens.
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Old November 9th, 2010, 06:32 AM   #33
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New Via rail station going up in Windsor to replace old station.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/windsor/sto...n-station.html

Looks like a hockey arena.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 09:25 PM   #34
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Windsor-Essex Parkway

Conceptual images of the Windsor-Essex Parkway: a new highway which will link Detroit, USA and Windsor, Canada via a new bridge at the border crossing.









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Website: http://www.weparkway.ca/

Cool interactive map: http://www.weparkway.ca/interactivem...activeMap.html

The Windsor-Essex Parkway will create a full freeway link at the busiest border crossing in the world (in terms of trade $).

Construction starts later this year. Prep work begun in 2010.
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Old February 12th, 2011, 09:27 PM   #35
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Wow!! that is some major highway!
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Old February 12th, 2011, 09:54 PM   #36
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I've known about these plans, essentially a direct extension of a USA interstate/ON 401 and built to those standards, for a couple of years now - it is BADLY needed.

At least from my viewpoint, it almost looks to me like the powers-that-be in Ontario are looking forward to a time in the, perhaps, foreseeable future when the border checkpoints can be safely removed.

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Old February 13th, 2011, 06:14 AM   #37
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I love roundabouts.
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Old February 13th, 2011, 04:10 PM   #38
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Work is kinda underway. They bought up tonnes of homes along the route, and are in the process of demolition and what not. This project is going to take a long time.

Thankfully they have done their archeological studies. I'm still waiting on a report of what they found and where.
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Old February 19th, 2011, 07:46 AM   #39
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The website says it's coming in 2011. Are they serious? They're going to have all of this built in less than a year?
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The website says it's coming in 2011. Are they serious? They're going to have all of this built in less than a year?
Well construction starts this year. I think that's what they mean by "coming".
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