The downtown arena is The City’s main spectator arena seating up to 1,400 patrons. The facility is used 12 months of the year for both ice and non-ice activities as well as special events, such as national and provincial tournaments and the annual Remembrance Day ceremony. Decommissioning and demolition of this arena will be complete in mid-2016, and construction of the new downtown arena will commence before the end of 2016.
The new downtown arena will continue to be the home of the Red Deer Minor Hockey Commission’s administration office, and will also accommodate ice hockey for the 2019 Canada Winter Games. The facility is currently under construction with completion expected in the fall of 2018.
The facility will be The City’s premier spectator arena and will offer an enhanced experience for those in the stands, including a room temperature spectator area. The modern facility will offer welcoming gathering spaces and an indoor walking track for the community. Skaters will be greeted with more team space, modernized change rooms, and access to warm up areas, skate sharpening and laundry facilities. The new facility is also being designed to meet energy and environmental standards for a greener and more efficient operation.
The arena will connect with the rest of Rotary Recreation Park and create linkages between the park promenade and north site as well as the curling rink and skatepark currently on site. The facility will house public art throughout to incorporate cultural elements.