The doors are officially open on one of the most anticipated ice recreation facilities in Lethbridge's history. The City of Lethbridge, together with the Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta, held an official grand opening ceremony today for ATB Centre-Phase 1, which features two NHL-sized ice surfaces and a 10-sheet curling facility.
Celebrating the occasion today were The Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment & Parks, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office, and MLA-Lethbridge West and Lethbridge Mayor Chris Spearman as well as representatives from City Council, ATB Financial and the primary user groups of the new ice amenities.
ATB Centre provides curling enthusiasts in Lethbridge with a modern curling venue featuring enhanced technology in its ice plant as well as improved sight lines, ice surfaces, food service and lounge facilities. As the new home of the Lethbridge Curling Club, it includes change rooms, spectator seating, a meeting room and a pro shop. The new curling facility replaces the nearly 70-year-old former curling facility located in the downtown Civic Ice Centre.
The two new arenas increase the total in the city to eight from six and provide greater opportunities for existing organizations and groups from surrounding regions to practice and play within Lethbridge as well as host tournaments and competitions. As the new home of the Lethbridge Skating Club and the Lethbridge Minor Hockey Association, the arenas include spectator seating for 900 (600+300), 12 dressing rooms, food and beverage services, a community meeting room and offices for both organizations. The total size of ATB Centre-Phase 1 is more than 125,000 square feet.
The Government of Canada contributed $10 million towards this project through the Building Canada Fund – Major Infrastructure Component (BCF-MIC). The Province of Alberta provided a total of $25.8 million: $10 million as the matching provincial portion under BCF-MIC and $15.8 million in Municipal Sustainability Initiative grant funding. The City of Lethbridge contributed $5.55 million to cover the remaining total project cost of $41.35 million.
"Multi-sport facilities like the ATB Centre play a key role in promoting healthy, active lifestyles while encouraging local economic activity. The Government of Canada recognizes that strategic investments in public infrastructure—including funding for sports and recreation projects like this one—will create growth for the middle class and ensure that our communities will remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family."
The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi,
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
"Our government is committed to ensuring municipalities have the resources they need to create stronger, more dynamic communities for Alberta families. We are proud to invest in projects like the ATB Centre, which gives people from across the region a new place to come together and watch curling, play hockey or practice skating."
Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs
"The new ice amenities in ATB Centre-Phase 1 are a tremendous addition to our community. They'll not only help us to better meet the growing community demand for ice time, they'll also strengthen Lethbridge's ability to attract regional, provincial, and national ice competitions and special events. We're grateful to our federal and provincial funding partners for making this much-needed ice facility a reality."
Investing in Canada, the Government of Canada's new $120 billion infrastructure plan: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/index-eng.html
Federal infrastructure investments in Alberta: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/ab-eng.html
Building Canada Plan – Major Infrastructure Component: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/bcf-fcc-eng.html#mic-vgi
More information on ATB Centre-Phase 1 is available at: www.lethbridge.ca/ATBCentre
Brook Simpson, Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
Shannon Greer, Press Secretary
Alberta Municipal Affairs
Gerald Gauthier, Communications Chair, ATB Centre Steering Committee
City of Lethbridge