New expansion for Oil Barons

By KIRAN MALIK-KHAN, Connect Weekly

Terry Connors of the Northern Alberta Athletic Association, Dave Fitzgerald, President of the Oil Barrons and the NAAA, Mayor Melissa Blake, and AJ Rosenthal of Casman Group at the ceremony of the Casman Centre expansion on August 27. PHOTO: Joanne Leitch, Connect Weekly.

Terry Connors of the Northern Alberta Athletic Association, Dave Fitzgerald, President of the Oil Barrons and the NAAA, Mayor Melissa Blake, and AJ Rosenthal of Casman Group at the ceremony of the Casman Centre expansion on August 27. PHOTO: Joanne Leitch, 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 –