OLG LAUNCHES RFPQ FOR NIAGARA FALLS ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE

TORONTO, ON – Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has taken another step toward a new Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre by posting a Request for Pre-Qualification (RFPQ) to the procurement website, MERXTM.

The RFPQ outlines an opportunity to design, build, finance and maintain a new large-scale, high-quality entertainment centre in the City of Niagara Falls.

Through the RFPQ, OLG will pre-qualify proponents that have the required experience, skills and abilities to receive the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the opportunity to build the facility.

“We’re proud to be part of the Niagara Falls community and want to help ensure the long-term competitiveness of Fallsview Casino Resort and Casino Niagara,” said Greg McKenzie, OLG’s Chief Operating Officer. “Non-gaming amenities, like an entertainment centre, are becoming increasingly important for gaming customers. They are essential to a natural tourist hub like the Niagara market.”

The Niagara Falls Entertainment Centre could contain approximately 5,000 to 7,000 seats and is intended to result in larger concerts, shows and attractions that will draw more visitors to the City of Niagara Falls and OLG’s Niagara casinos. Fallsview Casino Resort currently has a 1,500-seat entertainment centre.

OLG is ensuring a fair and competitive procurement process that is conducted within the guidelines mandated by the Government of Ontario. Following the close of the RFPQ on February 25, 2016, OLG will undertake its due diligence in evaluating the submissions. OLG expects to release the RFP to pre-qualified proponents in spring 2016.

Since the first casino opened in 1996, OLG has provided close to $390 million to the City of Niagara Falls, money the municipality has used to invest in its priorities.

OLG is a provincial agency responsible for gaming facilities, the sale of province-wide lottery games, the PlayOLG Internet gaming website and the delivery of bingo and other electronic gaming products at Charitable Gaming Centres across the province. Since 1975, OLG has provided nearly $42 billion to the Province and the people of Ontario. OLG’s annual payments to the province have helped support the operation of hospitals; prevention, treatment and research of problem gambling; amateur sport through the Quest for Gold program; and local and provincial charities. OLG was a Premier Sponsor of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games.

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