Premier Kathy Dunderdale took part in a ground-breaking ceremony today for a new arena in the town of Conception Bay South.
The new arena is expected to open in autumn 2014.
According to a news release, the total project cost is expected to be $21.4 million with the provincial government contributing $13.3 million on a 70/30 provincial/municipal ratio. The project is being designed by the BAE-Newplan Group Ltd., the town’s consultant.
The initial site work contract was awarded in July to Weir’s Construction.
The main building tender is expected to be issued shortly with construction to start in the spring,
“Creating healthy communities where residents have opportunities for maintaining an active lifestyle is critical to helping people live full and healthy lives,” Dunderdale said. “Physical activity promotes improved health and a better quality of life, which benefits the community as a whole. This new arena is certain to become an integral component of a growing, healthy and active Conception Bay South.”
The new arena will include a 200 by 85 foot playing surface with a seating capacity for 1,065 people. It will include full dressing rooms along with support facilities for minor hockey and figure skating programs. It will also have a walking track, a viewing area, an ice-resurfacer room, canteen, first aid room, ticket booth and facility support space.