Chatham-Kent’s New Twin-Pad Arena To Be Built In Thamesville
After much discussion, one part of Chatham-Kent’s future arena complex plans has been decided, the new twin-pad arena complex will be built in Thamesville.
“It’s the ideal location. We know they considered a lot of options, but it all came down to the fact that Thamesville didn’t already have an arena,” said local businessperson and arena campaign supporter Bliar Lugner.
Open farmland and 401 access were both considerations, but ultimately, it came down to what was fair for the entire region.
The former Navistar property, as well as several others were considered.
“Ultimately, it’s what is fair. Chatham has arenas – Wallaceburg, Ridgetown, Blenheim, Bothwell, Tilbury, Dresden all have arenas – It was Thamesville’s turn,” said Lugner.
Plans are already in place to expand the Thamesville Corn Maze so that visitors have to enter the arena complex by traversing the maze in the Fall months.
“Who doesn’t love a maze? This is what it means to combine different tourist attractions. In the winter, we’re considering wagon rides to shuttle visitors to the arena,” said Lugner, who also said the twin-pad arena complex will almost certainly be named the “Corn Cob Complex.”
“Our next step is to lure an OHL team to town,” he continued.
When clarification was sought over several issues with Lugner’s plans, it appears some arrangements still need to be made.
“Well of course we still have to get the Municipality to agree, but the arena will be built here,” said Lugner. “I have a plan. It might not be their plan, but it’s a good one. Once I can get the money, shovels will be in the ground whether the Mayor, Council, or any level of government wants it or not.”
According to Lugner, the inspiration for his plan came to him via a documentary he watched.
“If you build it, they will come. I was up until 2am watching this documentary last month, Field of Dreams. That’s when it came to me. If this guy could build a ball diamond, and fill the stands with people, I could build an arena. That’s why we went with the corn theme, it all came from that documentary. Dreams really do come true, and this is my dream.”
Construction is slated to begin one year from today, April 1, 2020.