New budget approved for Pepsi Centre

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The Pepsi Centre has approved is 2013-2014 budget.

The board of Western Sports and Entertainment Inc. has met and approved the 2013-14 budget for the Pepsi Centre.

"This process was not undertaken lightly, and we are hopeful that stakeholders will see a concerted effort on behalf of the board to control costs as much as possible," Allan Kendall, board chair, said in a prepared release sent from Grenfell Campus-Memorial University. 

Effective Sept. 1, the new budget includes a 10 per cent increase in rental rates for all spaces, including meeting spaces and ice time, with the exception of advertising space and rates for the newly refurbished Pepsi Studio. Rates for these areas will not increase for this fiscal year.

The introduction of a fee structure for the walking track has been approved in principle, but has not been finalized.

"In looking at other facilities we have found that a small fee to use the walking track is the norm," Kendall said. "However, there is a strong resolve among board members to make the track as accessible as possible to key groups, particularly for seniors, new mothers, individuals undergoing medical rehabilitation and so on.

"We want to promote health and wellness and contribute to promoting an active lifestyle while meeting the many increasing demands on the facility."

The fee increases will aid the organization in meeting continual cost increases and in the implementation of plans to address maintenance and custodial issues at the centre, including a garbage and recycling program and "butt out" stations.

"We recognize how averse the community is to an increase in rates, but it is absolutely necessary if the Pepsi Centre is to continue to serve the region in an efficient and healthy manner," Kendall added.

During the coming year the board will search for other ways to best utilize the facility spaces and increase revenue streams so that further rate increases for existing programs and uses can be controlled, Kendall said.

"We will be looking to identify any cost savings as we move through the year," he said. "However, we do not want to make any moves that will merely defer maintenance funds. It would make little sense to reduce a preventative maintenance expense now only to incur a larger recovery expense in a number of years down the road."

Mr. Kendall added that he hopes the 10 per cent increase – as opposed to the 15 per cent that was initially discussed – will be a little more palatable to the patrons of the centre.

The board also plans to implement a new feedback line this fall, so patrons can register any concerns or questions they may have about the facility.

Additionally the board would like to continue constructive dialogue with the user groups so it can collectively attain the best usage for this great community facility.

Organizations: Pepsi Centre, Western Sports and Entertainment

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Recent comments

  • no expertise on this board event managment or business
    August 23, 2013 - 18:24

    where the solution to long term problem of this white elephant; who on this board as experience to run this facility; bring back buddy simmons and that bunch from mainland that ran the place for couple years; few for walking hahaha....imagine that; what if i walk into the place; look at the empty rink; and walk around place twice; will i be charged a walking fee? or do i have to go right to a seat and sit down and watch the roof leak; hahaha; this story keeps getting better; funnier and more bizarre day after day; wicked......

  • Eric
    August 23, 2013 - 07:49

    I think its time for the Pepsi Center Board and Management to start being more proactive in the "Entertainment" business. People in the region have not exactly shown great support for past events, but then again, some of the entertainment brought to the venue has been sub-par at best. Johnny Reid sold out in a day. If the facility brought in more big name entertainment people from the region would support it, even at higher ticket costs! I travel to St. John's 3-4 times/year to see entertainment, but I'd much rather see it my own backyard. Rather than increase rates, increase entertainment!!!

  • Paul M.
    August 22, 2013 - 21:05

    Clearly, Mayor Greeley is right on this. The management of the facility should have heeded his advice and addressed the need to have nearby communities pay a portion towards its operation. These communities couldn't dump their garbage in our dump without being charged for the service yet, the residents of these communities can prance around the civic center all they want while the taxpayers of Corner Brook pay the bills to run it. Time for common sense to come to the forefront.

    • paul u r wrong we paid thru the nose
      August 23, 2013 - 18:29

      this place built with fed; prov. tax dollars dude; you dont know what you are talking aboout; we paid thru the nose; for this stadium; should have been built on south shore; benoits cove or north shore meadows; and rinks at cbrook ; humber gardens and old kinsmen left alone for minor hockey in city; paul you sound like mayor greedlley; you want city corner brook to own the place and massey drive; mtmoiriah and humber arm south; and pasadena to pay the mortgage on it; u r a laugh riot

    • geeze
      August 28, 2013 - 15:40

      Pau M... I couldn't have said it better myself and Mayor Greeley was 100 % right !!!

  • Genevieve Quigley
    August 22, 2013 - 18:49

    I'm wondering what happened to the "entertainment" part of Western Sports and Entertainment Inc. ? Just recently St. John's had to add 3 shows to accommodate all the parents and small children who drove across the Island to watch a well known children's show. I can't understand why we could not have booked that show here in the Pepsi Centre. I won't even comment on all the other great entertainment we never see here.

  • Toni
    August 22, 2013 - 14:31

    User pay or stay home. The facility is dying what do you expect.? You can't run this facility on a dime when you need a dollar. Economics folks. Its basic,, raise fees or introduce other activities to get additional revenues and of course citizens have to attend events to make this work. We all have a role to play to ensure this facility is successfull. Just saying.....

  • Ruth
    August 22, 2013 - 13:38

    I looked at the financial information, but it lacks a lot of detail. For example, what businesses are currently located in the center and how much do they pay? Are they paying fair market value for the space? I know Forever Young is located there and they have a lot of space. Is what they're paying on par to other rental spaces in the city? Something to consider looking at. Not enough detail in the report to really know what or where to cut back, increase or get rid of...the many people? and what is the wage per person? People have to start asking more detailed questions so that we can get a true financial picture, not just covered in general topics on one line in the financial report...break it down for the citizens of Corner Brook.

  • Jack
    August 22, 2013 - 13:09

    Pepsi Centre management problems and recent 10% rate hikes on sports groups should be raised to Corner Brook's mayoral and council candidates in the upcoming 2013 civic elections.

  • coady
    August 22, 2013 - 12:05

    Easy way to fix your maintenance & custodial problems hire some people to do the work.

  • Peter Puck
    August 22, 2013 - 11:34

    I never seen this coming............maybe the City needs to tie the grant(almost 1Million) to conditions (Bench Marks) to reduce the debt and overall cost associated with running a facility of this size. the following link outlines the energy and water cost by 60% PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. — By installing a liquid desiccant air conditioning system and tapping into renewable energy sources, including Zamboni ice shavings, Pines Ice Arena, Pembroke Pines, Fla., has achieved 55% energy savings, improved air quality, and lower maintenance requirements. During a full year of operation, the arena is expected to reduce total energy and water costs by more than 60% compared to previous years. So if you just do the math 298 K for Oil/propane 296K for Electricity Total 594K * 60% savings adds up 356K annually. I know you you need to make an $ investment but there are also federal incentives and programs for green energy This is just one option which either the City, Western Sports and Entertainment or Mun could look at.

  • CBResident
    August 22, 2013 - 11:29

    Simply amazing! This morning Mr Kendall is in paper talking new and innovative ideas and by lunch time the board releases their budget! Many options besides user free increases to consider ie salary savings and have centre run by YMCA, re evaluate Saltos have their own building, reduce salaries and wage, asCity grant increased so did salary expenditure, short term increased funding by city to ease pressure until a more reasonable management and budget structure is in place. Sad day for e Pepsi Centre users.

    • Jack
      August 22, 2013 - 13:04

      You know that Humber Community YMCA are raising membership rates on September 1, 2013 as well, but not as high as Pepsi Centre.

    • Christiine Young
      August 22, 2013 - 20:59

      Re Jacks reference to the YMCA membership increase. Remember that the YMCA is not subsidized by the City and taxpayers. The YMCA also has a membership assistance program that ensures no one is turned away due to inability to pay.

  • jenga
    August 22, 2013 - 11:01

    This Is Corner Brooks sink hole!!!!!!!!

  • Spade
    August 22, 2013 - 10:58

    Call it what it is. The board wants the people that rent the ice to subsidize the meeting rooms, and studio. Those two areas don't pay for themselves so the board should start to look at finding different uses for them. The studio has been a failure from the start.