November 2016 News Archive

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New downtown arena starting to take shape

November 17, 2016 9:19 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Construction of the new downtown arena is beginning to take shape, as site preparation and foundation work nears completion.

Crews are currently constructing foundation walls and footings, with some exterior walls expected to start going up next week. Construction will continue until fall 2018, when the new downtown arena is expected to open.

"As the walls start going up for the new downtown arena, we are starting the construction of a new legacy, as this facility will host important community and sporting events for decades to come," said Curtis Martinek, Project Superintendent.

The former Red Deer Arena was decommissioned and demolished earlier this year. Many items from the former arena were repurposed, moved to other City facilities or sold, such as the bench seating and ice making equipment. The score clocks and the iconic arena sign are in storage and will be used in the facility. Building materials were also recycled or reclaimed, resulting in approximately 85 per cent of materials being diverted from the landfill.

The new 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, and to watch the live video feed of construction, visit

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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