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April 28, 2016 | 3:53pm ET
Sens getting closer to new arena

The Ottawa Senators have taken another step towards their goal of obtaining a new downtown arena.

On Thursday, the group led by Senators owner Eugene Melnyk won the right to negotiate with National Capital Commission to build a new downtown arena as part of a restoration project of 21.6 hectares of land just west of the city's downtown core.

Melnyk now has an exclusive period of time to negotiate with the NCC, and his goal is to have the new facility built and ready for action for the start of the 2021-22 NHL season.

The Senators have been playing out of the Canadian Tire Centre since they entered into the NHL in 1996 -- the arena was first called The Palladium, then the Corel Centre (1996-2006) and Scotiabank Place (2006-2013) -- but have faced serious criticism over its location, which is 45 to 90 minutes from downtown depending on traffic.


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