Province pledges $1 million for Special Olympics Canada Summer Games venue upgrades

The Nova Scotia government has announced a $1 million contribution for one of the main venues of the 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games.

The funding will be used for seating improvements at St. Francis Xavier University's Oland Centre to provide greater accessibility for athletes and their families.

Government says the existing bleachers, built in the 1960s, will be replaced by a new high-standard seating area for 1,500 people.

Kent MacDonald, president of St. Francis Xavier University, says the upgrades also help support their varsity and recreational athletic programs and help them compete to host more national sporting events.

The 2018 Special Olympics Canada Summer Games runs from July 31st to August 4th, with over 900 athletes competing in nine sports.