Tonight, Medicine Hat City Council ratified the design and construction of the Medicine Hat Regional Event Centre with the capacity of 7,059 to be located in Box Springs Business Park in the northwest part of the city adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway.
By an eight to one vote, City Council adopted the recommendation from the Public Services Committee chaired by Alderman Graham Kelly to build the new event Centre that was designed by PBK Architects and will be constructed by PCL Construction Leaders. Council also agreed to have SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Venue Management operate the building which will become the new home for the Medicine Hat Tigers.
“We are extremely elated to have a new facility in the near future that will allow our fans the best possible experience for Tigers hockey,” said Dave Andjelic, Tigers’ senior director, marketing and public relations. “Not only will the new event centre be terrific for our use but it will also serve the citizens of Medicine Hat very well for the many other events the building will attract. We look forward to making the move to the event centre in a couple of years.”
“This is truly a historic day for our franchise moving forward. It has been a long while coming but we are truly grateful with the outcome of council’s vote tonight.”
“The Tigers would like to thank all the previous members of the steering committee that laid the ground work for this day to come. We also thank the three chairmen Jamie White, Alderman Thompson and Alderman Kelly for their hard work on this project, as well as, former Mayor Garth Vallely and Mayor Boucher. We extend our appreciation to the members of Medicine Hat City Council and also thank the citizens of Medicine Hat who have supported this venture and will see it come to completion,” stated Tigers’ president Darrell Maser.
Construction is expected to begin in August of this year with an anticipated completion date for September of 2015.