An announcement could be happening soon for the naming right for the Moose Jaw Events Centre.

Hiring a third party to locate and negotiate a naming rights agreement was initially on the agenda for Moose Jaw City Council on Monday night. However, it was taken off the docket at the last minute.

City manager Jim Puffalt explained that they received late-breaking news on Thursday afternoon/evening.

"There is an opportunity it seems to move forward with a party and so we'll continue that work and get back to council," said Puffalt

Formerly known as Mosiac Place, the naming rights agreement for the building with Mosaic Company expired on Aug. 31, 2021. The Mosaic Company made it known earlier that year that it was not going to renew the agreement. The city held discussions with the Mosaic Company to extend the agreement for one year. That extension expired on Aug. 31.

A naming committee was struck up over the past year comprised of Mayor Clive Tolley, Coun. Jamey Logan, city administration and the Moose Jaw Events Centre staff.

A request for proposals was put out for a professional naming rights company. Three companies put forward proposals and, after review, Performance Sponsorship Group was recommended by the committee. The third-party originally got council approval in June. That was delayed after a group of citizens came forward and offered to help the committee find a new naming rights partner. Up until this point, the committee had been unsuccessful in securing a new naming partner.