Blades, not scissors, cut the ribbon today to officially open the Servus Arena, ushering in the start of a new era for Red Deer’s downtown arena.
Completed ahead of schedule, the Servus Arena has been under construction since fall 2016 after the former Red Deer Arena was torn down. Red Deerians of all ages came out today see all that new arena has to offer.
“Today marks a day of growth and community building in our city, but also a day to celebrate our past and future,” said Mayor Tara Veer. “We acknowledge the strong, proud history of this venue, but we can also look to the future with enthusiasm as we prepare to the welcome our community to this state-of-the-art facility, as well as our national and international guests through upcoming events including the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and 2019 Canada Winter Games.”
“Today we unveiled the new Servus Arena to the community,” said Sarah Cockerill, Director of Community Services. “Residents were able to take part in the first official skate on the new ice surface and enjoy the modern facility that features room temperature seating, large open space for teams and the community alike, direct connections to the neighbouring Pidherney Centre, as well as tributes to the former Red Deer Arena.”
Following the official “skate through,” guests at the event enjoyed tours, free skating, food and entertainment. The community is invited back to the arena tonight to cheer on the Red Deer Vipers at 8 p.m. when they play their first game at the Servus Arena. Admission is free tonight and everyone is welcome.
In April 2017, Servus Credit Union signed on as the name sponsor for the arena, making the name the Servus Arena.
“We signed on to a 15-year commitment to partner with The City of Red Deer on Servus Arena because we believe in helping to build resilient and prosperous communities long-term,” said Garth Warner, President and CEO of Servus Credit Union. “We have a strong history in Red Deer, and we’re excited to honour that history and look forward to a strong and healthy future here.”
On the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. throughout the winter season, the entire community of Red Deer is invited to take part in free skating at Servus Arena. The first skate will happen on Thursday, February 1, 2018.
The Red Deer Arena was originally built in 1952 and served as a community hub for Central Albertans for over 60 years. For structural reasons the building was torn down in 2016, and the new arena was built.
The new Servus Arena is NHL-sized and is home to Red Deer Minor Hockey, the Red Deer Vipers, and many other user groups in Red Deer and the surrounding area. The arena will also host many other community events.
For more information, please contact:
Director of Community Services
The City of Red Deer
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer