On Friday July 26 local media from the Wood Buffalo region had the opportunity to attend the quarterly media
update on the progress of construction at Shell Place, the new expansion at MacDonald Island Park.
The expansion, which will include the SMS Stadium, a baseball/softball tournament centre, badminton centre, field house, non-profit shared space and more, is progressing on schedule and on budget. Local media were invited to participate in a site tour where they could view the progress first hand and see the different phases of construction, as well as learn a bit more about the Shell Place facility and how it will serve the community in the region.
Despite some poor weather during the spring and summer months the construction progress has been steady.
“Just three months ago we erected the first piece of steel in the field house structure,” said Tim Reid, Chief Operating Officer of MacDonald Island Park. “It is a pleasure to be able to share with the media, and by extension the public, the significant progress in that part of Shell Place, as well as all the other progress that has been made in the past few months. I think the public is truly beginning to see the expansion come to life as structures go up, and exciting recent announcements like the one regarding Northern Kickoff in June 2015 signify exactly what kind of opportunities Shell Place will bring to community.”
The Northern Kickoff, presented by Shell Albian Sands, will be the furthest north football game ever played in CFL history, and will bring the Edmonton Eskimos and Saskatchewan Roughriders to Fort McMurray for a pre-season exhibition game on June 13, 2015.
Shell Place is on schedule to open in 2015.