Oval Director Yves Hamelin with the Hon. Michelle Rempel, minister of state for Western Economic Diversification following the big announcement
CALGARY, AB – The University of Calgary Olympic Oval will look to increase their scope as a ‘Fan Friendly’ environment in 2016. The Oval’s Spectator Experience Enhancement and Expansion project has been awarded funding in the amount of $190,000 from the Canadian Government. The funding will see new custom seating added to the Oval in 2016 and will replace the existing seats – their first upgrade since the 1988 Olympics.
“We pride ourselves in having one of the most well maintained facilities around and that’s what has made the Oval a place that has stood the test of time.” said Yves Hamelin, Director of the Olympic Oval. “But after nearly 30 years this upgrade is well over-due and we look forward to maintaining our edge as one of the premier multi-purpose speed skating facilities in the world today.
“Funding for resources such as this goes a long way to supporting our bids for large scale international competitions and on behalf of the Oval I want to thank the Government of Canada for this support.” said Hamelin “Last season we hosted the World Allround Championships, this season we will host the first long track World Cup of the 2015-16 season. By 2016-17 we have a goal to bring the best in the world to our short track rink here at the Oval to allow Calgarians to experience the full spectrum of ISU events at the home of the Fastest Ice in the World™.”
The Honourable Michelle Rempel, minister of state for Western Economic Diversification made the announcement Thursday afternoon that the funding would be granted as part of the Government of Canada’s celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. These funds are awarded under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, which is providing $150-million to support rehabilitation, renovation and expansion of existing infrastructure across the country.
“The Olympic Oval Spectator Experience Enhancement will expose a whole new generation of fans to the sport of speed skating” said Lisa Robertson, Olympic Oval Associate Director, Sponsorship & Competitions “Our facility was built on the proper integration of our three legacy agreement pillars - with particular attention to serving the public. Since 1988, the Oval has been dedicated to being a landmark in the Calgary community, a philosophy that remains embedded in our branding as an Olympic Legacy Venue.”
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