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Premier, Telus mum on renewed BC Place naming rights deal

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – A naming rights deal for BC Place Stadium may not be dead after all, but neither the Province or Telus are addressing rumours that  talks have resumed.

News1130 asked the premier today if talks have resumed, after a $35-million deal with Telus fell through last March.

“I’m not going to comment on any of those issues,” says Christy Clark. “As you know, we have never closed the door on trying to make sure we get the best value for taxpayers on that stadium.”

Shawn Hall with Telus echoes her comments, also not confirming a deal may still be alive.

“Telus has always been open to the possibility of naming the great building,” he says. “We’ve put a lot of heart into making it the most technologically advanced stadium.”

In fact, the company was so sure of the original deal before it collapsed, signs were made for the stadium’s exterior. At the time, though, the premier said it wasn’t beneficial to taxpayers.

Critics say money from the deal could have helped reduce ballooning costs on the stadium’s roof replacement.