Over the past four years, the City of Thunder Bay has been systematically and diligently evaluating a proposed new Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre (TBECC) as a replacement to the Fort William Gardens and to address the need for a regional facility for sport tourism, conventions and other major events.
TBECC encompasses a 5,700-seat spectator facility and a 50,000-square-foot convention space. TBECC is projected to host an estimated 270 events annually, compared to 55 events currently being held at the Fort William Gardens. Approximately 180 of these event days will be held in the convention centre/conference facility and 90 in the spectator component.
Learn More about the Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre and the next steps - Thunder Bay Event & Convention Centre Info Sheet Adobe PDF, 2 pages, 548 KB
City Council has authorized City Administration to negotiate a non-binding letter of intent to form a partnership with a consortium called Thunder Bay LIVE!, which will allow the City to move ahead with the facility's development. Thunder Bay LIVE! was selected after a Request for Expressions of Interest process, which is part of Phase 3 of the event and convention centre project. The letter will be presented to City Council prior to April 14.
The Corporate Report, including the consultants' recommendations for a Downtown/Waterfront site and direction to move forward to Phase 3, went to City Council on Nov. 26, 2012 and was approved following a third and final Public Information Session held at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium on Nov. 21. Over 400 people attended the final information session and 545 people followed the live stream.
Based on the Phase 2 Feasibility Study, the proposed Event Centre will have significant one-time and ongoing direct economic benefits to the City.
The City of Thunder Bay is requesting Expressions of Interest (RFEI) from potential investors and business partners for the proposed Event and Convention Centre as part of the Phase 3 process. The RFEI documents can be viewed at www.thunderbay.ca/bids
For more information, please contact the Facilities, Fleet, & Transit Services Department at 684-3119.