Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Centennial Arenas expansion begins

The Calgary Centennial Arenas’ expansion was launched today with former Flame Jim Peplinksi, Mayor Dave Bronconnier and the South West Arena Society president, Brian Fleming breaking ground at it’s new home on Crowchild and 47 ave. S.W.

The expanded arena will service over fifty communities in Calgary with a forecasted 750,000 annual users accessing the new and improved Centennial Arenas.

“We are so excited to get this project off the ground. For close to a decade, a dedicated team of volunteers and professionals has been dreaming, planning, designing and lobbying to make Calgary Centennial Arenas even better. And now, thanks to the Province and the City for their generosity, we can make the Building Goals, Building Community campaign project a reality. We are certain that this arena will be a great draw for the City for years to come,” said Fleming.

The arena is funded in part by the Government of Alberta and the City of Calgary which are contributing a combined $10.17 million towards the expansion. The $5 million from the province is being provided as part of the Major Community Facilities Program. The city of Calgary is contributing $5.17 million to the project. South West Arena Society’s contribution of $1.1 million and that of others helped to ensure the campaign’s success. Additional funds are to be generated through fundraising efforts.

The four-season recreational facility will host a variety of activities including minor, adult and collegiate hockey, ringette, figure skating, lacrosse and roller sports. The expansion will help the facility compete for major tournaments and sporting events. Further details can be viewed at CentennialExpansion.com.

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