The City of Lethbridge and the WHL Hurricanes continue their thriving partnership after successfully reviewing the lease agreement of the hockey team's home ice arena.
As part of the 15-year lease with the ENMAX Centre, the agreement is reviewed every five years. With the upcoming WHL playoff series taking place the same time as Lethbridge welcomes the 2019 Pioneer Hi-Bred World Men's Curling Championship, the City and the Hurricanes found it prudent to review the lease ahead of schedule.
"The amendments align with the strategic goals of Lethbridge being a destination city and having the ability to attract multiple large special events held in the Lethbridge," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "We want to continue to provide a thriving home for the Hurricanes and draw those big-name events to our city that bring financial benefits to businesses and residents."
The reviewed lease agreement goes into effect on August 1. The clauses that directly address the relocation of the potential handful of playoff games that coincide with the world curling championship being held on March 30 to April 7, will take effect on March 24.
The first-round of WHL playoffs begin on March 22 with the potential of some playoff games being played at Nicholas Sheran Arena, depending on the end of the regular season standings. The upgrades required to ensure Nicholas Sheran Arena is up to WHL playing standard were already scheduled to take place and simply moved up. These upgrades will be left in place for all community users to enjoy.
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