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Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre opens at Red Deer College

Centre will host 2019 Winter Games events and be used by athletes of all ages from across central Alberta


Red Deer College (RDC) opened a transformational facility on their campus today, the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris. The Centre will host five events during the 2019 Canada Winter Games that are set to begin this February. The facility will also assist RDC in expanding and enhancing health sciences programs, as well as providing state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces. In addition to supporting athlete development, the Centre will establish a comprehensive venue for recreational and community activities for everyone in central Alberta.

“The opening of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre really is a defining moment for Red Deer College, because it symbolizes our future path and demonstrates how committed we are to supporting our learners, community members, and partners from across the region,” says Joel Ward, RDC President & CEO. “Every detail of this building was carefully considered by a team of experts, based on RDC’s goals and needs, and the execution of this vision is awe-inspiring.”

A successful design/build project, the Centre includes an arena with an ice sheet that can be converted to either an Olympic or hybrid-size rink and seating for 1,100 spectators. It will serve as the new home for the Red Deer College Kings and Queens hockey teams, as well as accommodate tradeshows, dry land events, skating, and minor sports organizations. Hockey Alberta will also be housed in the new Centre and will use the arena for a variety of clinics and camps.

“Stantec is proud to be part of the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre, demonstrating our commitment to contribute to the experience of students, athletes, and residents of central Alberta,” says Russ Wlad, executive vice president, Stantec. “The 2019 Canada Winter Games will bring the entire country to Red Deer and this facility will host events for years to come. We are thrilled to see the iconic results of our partnership with Red Deer College.”

A double gymnasium features seating for 1,200 spectators and space for basketball, volleyball, badminton, convocation, and presentations. A second-level running track, offering both a loop and straightaway, looks onto the gymnasium courts below. Additionally, RDC’s School of Health Sciences will support post-secondary programming with treatment and rehabilitation rooms, movement and sport studios, an anatomy lab, offices, and classrooms.

“The Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre is a building that we are all proud of,” says Enzo Vicenzino, vice president, Buildings, Stantec. “From the QEII highway you can see that the great hall makes this facility more than just a gym and hockey arena. Inside, you can experience how it is not only open to students and athletes, but for the entire community to use, experience, and enjoy.”

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Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre

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