St.Catharines makes $10M investment in Summer Games including a new rink at Brock

The city of St.Catharines is putting lots of hope and money on the fact the Canada Summer Games will be a success.

At last night's meeting councillors voted unanimously to spend up to $10 million in funding towards the Canada Games infrastructure plan which includes a new twin-pad arena.

The Sport and Ability Centre will be based around the arena with a spectator rink which will be built on Brock University property.

Approval is conditional on satisfactory funding and contributions from upper levels of government and other partners, including Niagara Region, its municipalities, and Brock University, as well the development of terms and conditions of an operating agreement and model, which would require Council approval.

Mayor Walter Sendzik says he understands the local investment is substantial.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to build a major legacy project by leveraging funding from other partners will be a world-class facility at a much more fiscally responsible price,” said Sendzik. “This is another piece of the puzzle in further developing our region as a world-class sports tourism destination, but it will also serve local residents’ needs well into the future.”

The implementation options in the City’s draft arena strategy hinged upon participation in the proposed Canada Summer Games’ Sport and Ability Centre.

With an estimated $15.8 million in long-term capital requirements for the City’s existing arenas for various renewal activities the Summer Games facility is an option to meet the community’s needs.

The Niagara Region won its bid for the 2021 Canada Games in March 2017.

More than 5,000 athletes will compete in 18 different sports from Aug. 6 to 22, 2021, with all of those competitions taking place across Niagara municipalities.

The projected economic boost from the Canada Games infrastructure plan, which also includes $6.9 million in capital upgrades to the Henley Rowing Centre, will be about $400 million, and support more than 2,100 local jobs.