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City building $4.7 million grandstand

In about a year, there will be a grandstand to cheer from off of Community Knowledge Way. The $4.7 million CKC grandstand construction project is set to be complete before the Alberta Summer Games set for the Grande Prairie area for 2018.

Board Chair for the games Lionel Robbins explains that this facility will be instrumental in the event.

“We want a thousand locals to show up. If they would go to any of the games, let’s hit up the CKC field with the grandstands, the canteen with the glitz and glamour. That was meant to be the field to draw the local people over to see what we got.”

The original price for the building was $3.1 million dollars, but the bid came in at $4.13 million as the lowest. With design, furniture and fixtures, the cost comes out to the $4.7 million.

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The grandstands will include 8 dressing rooms, four washrooms, and 1,000 seats for spectators. City Sport and Recreation Manager Kylee Haining says not only will it be a great facility for ASG, it will offer opportunity for provincial competitions.

“It is very well designed. It will serve the community for more than 50 years. It is now up to provincial standards which means that our community groups can bid those events and bring those to our community. We could see this be an economic boom for our community.”

Grande Prairie Sport Council Executive Director Karna Germsheid was advocating for the creation of the stands as she has heard interest from people in the community.

“We have college level soccer there, the Grande Prairie Soccer Association will be using it, rugby will get in there and I also anticipate lots of northern communities will want to use it as well. There will be lots of opportunities for use.”

The facility is located in the field across from Charles Spencer High School.

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