Sault Ste. Marie Mayor, Christian Provenzano wants the Essar Centre renamed, back to Memorial Gardens.
Essar still has one year left on the 10 year naming rights agreement, something the company has paid for in full, $1.2 million. Provenzano is reacting to concerns from the community that the name remains despite the company owing millions to the city in back taxes.
Essar also has naming rights on other buildings in the city, namely Sault College and Algoma University has newly built wings named after Essar for their donations to the educational sector in the city.
Provenzano has discussed the matter with the CEO and President of Essar Steel Algoma (now named and re-branded to Algoma)
The Mayor is expecting an answer from the company soon.
Regardless, the decision is not the Mayor’s but council to vote on any name for the downtown sports and entertainment centre.