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"Thats what I was asking," he said. "We should not single out just Pemberton and Area C. We should have the same support (for) Lillooet or if Squamish wanted to apply for it they should have the same support."
When asked if Squamish was in negotiations with VANOC and Whistler to move the facility south, he replied: "I cant comment on that."
The following day Squamish Mayor Ian Sutherland, who was not at the board meeting, e-mailed this comment: "Squamish is committed to helping make the 2010 Games a success. With this in mind, we've had preliminary discussions with VANOC on several topics. These have all been exploratory in nature."
The point remains that just as Pemberton needs a facility, Squamish needs one too.
"Definitely we can use it," said Kahlon. "Right now the ice allocation is so tight in Squamish some people have to practice (at) two oclock, three oclock in the morning."
And ice time in Whistler is also at a premium.
VANOC spokesperson Maureen Douglas said a change in venue wouldnt be a major concern, because there will be an efficient transportation system in place to move ticket holders and athletes to the various venues.
"In an ideal world itd be nice to have that small a footprint but also for a Paralympic Winter Games, this is (already) an unusually small footprint," she said. "Even if theres a move in the sledge hockey (venue), it still provides a really close set of venues unlike what theyve experience generally in other areas where the venues end up being fairly far apart."
According to Bid Book information, Whistlers Lot 1/Lot 9 site was acquired from the province specifically for the purpose of developing a multipurpose facility.
The proposed Olympic complex is slated to have a 3,500 to 5,000 seating capacity, and will accommodate both international and North American size ice sheet.
VANOC will kick in a $20 million grant for the facility, which was projected to cost $40 million during the bid phase over two years ago. Construction costs have risen substantially since then.
"The reality is that were trying to put the best facilities that have the lasting legacy, the real legacy," said OReilly.
"We can do it, theres no doubt about it. Weve got Lot 1/Lot 9 but that doesnt mean thats necessarily the best site. Its a very expensive project.
"We know everything is getting more expensive and so I think VANOC is trying to make sure that were making the best decisions as weve done with lots of other venues stuff moved in Vancouver, (and) the ski jumps are being reconsidered.