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Demolition of the former Red Deer Arena starts later this week

July 25, 2016 2:34 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

The demolition process to take down the structure of the former Red Deer Arena is scheduled to begin on Thursday, July 28 (dependent on weather and completion of utility disconnects).

The arena will be taken down piece by piece and will take approximately four weeks to complete the entire demolition. Once the demolition is finished, construction on the new Downtown Arena will begin, which is expected to open in 2018.

“Before demolition can begin, crews need to finish disconnecting all utilities,” said Curtis Martinek, Project Superintendent. “The demolition process will take some time, as precautions need to be taken to ensure the safe removal of the facility, which sits within a few metres of the Pidherney Curling Centre.”

Many items from the Red Deer Arena, including fixtures, seating, arena glass and heating systems have already been removed to be re-purposed in other City facilities, or were sold during the public sale held in early May.

“While the demolition marks the end of an era, it is also the start of a new legacy for future generations,” said Martinek. “The new Downtown Arena will incorporate iconic elements from the Red Deer Arena, such as the neon sign, to serve as a backdrop to the memories and history that will be made in the new facility.”

The Downtown Arena will be The City’s premier spectator arena and will offer room temperature seating, welcoming gathering spaces, interior connection to the Pidherney Curling Centre, an indoor walking track, larger and modernized change rooms, team warm up areas, skate sharpening and laundry facilities. The facility is being designed to meet energy and environmental standards for a greener and more efficient operation, and will be a host facility for the 2019 Canada Winter Games.

For more information, including a live-stream video of demolition and construction, visit reddeer.ca/downtownarena.

For more information, please contact:

Curtis Martinek
Project Superintendent
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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