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FILE -- An early conceptual drawing of the proposed north core events centre.
Initial results of a university survey show that nearly 80 per cent of respondents are in favour of building a new events centre.
Seven Lakehead University students in professor Mike Yuan's fourth year tourism economics class are trying to evaluate the level of support and opposition of the proposed project. Using an online survey, the students have been collecting data from Thunder Bay residents regarding a proposed downtown events centre.
While results are still coming in, as of Thursday afternoon Yuan said about 79 per cent of respondents favoured building a new events centre.
Another 72 per cent said they believed the construction of a new events centre would have a positive impact on tourism.
The original structure of the survey was as scientific and non-bias as the students could make it, but the survey caught fire online and will now end up with about 2,000 responses by the time data collecting is complete.
Yuan says this has undoubtedly made the survey more bias than they would like, but they have ways to fix that.
(Michael Albanese/ TBT News)