By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Weekly
Casman Centre – home to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons is looking good following a recent expansion. Mayor Melissa Blake and officials from the Northern Alberta Athletics Association and the Casman Group of Companies were in attendance on August 27, 2015 for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Located in the heart of Thickwood, Casman Centre is a community hub. The facility features a 1,533-seat arena, and an amphitheatre with 147 seats. A new parking lot is also part of the project.
“The expansion to the Oil Barons’ home rink includes a new kitchen and canteen, as well as a large multi-purpose room that can be booked for private events. A pottery studio was also added, which will be operated by the Fort McMurray Potters’ Guild,” according to officials.
Dave Fitzgerald, President, Northern Alberta Athletics Association (NCAA)/Oil Barons called the ribbon-cutting an “important day in our region’s history.”
“Whether you are attending an Oil Barons game, or a concert, the Casman Centre is a modern facility that meets everyone’s needs,” noted Fitzgerald.
Ben Dutton, President & Chief Executive Officer, Casman Group of Companies, which holds the naming rights to the Centre, shared it was great for the company to lead the expansion project.
“It is a lot of fun to build community facilities, because it’s something that’ll be used by a lot of people. Whether it is Waypoints (formerly Family Crisis Society), or renovating Jubilee Centre floors, we are very proud to lead such projects,” said Dutton.
– Connect Weekly –