The Community Knowledge Campus Sports Field could soon have bleachers, if council approves a tender to begin construction of the grandstand portion of the project.
The grandstand will cost $4,722,911 and ensure the field meets provincial standards, allowing local teams to host Alberta sporting competitions.
The grandstand design includes a thousand spectator seats and 8 dressing rooms, a meeting room, spotter’s, boxes, concession, storage and a workshop turf maintenance equipment.
Mayor Bill Given says the field would bring money back into the community from people travelling and staying in the region for these tournaments.
“The entire project has really been focused on two things…meeting the needs of local user groups, so we can ensure our athletes of the north have the ability to host provincial-caliber competitions here in the north, but secondly, with the project we’re acknowledging that these kind of sporting events and large-scale events, like the Alberta Summer Games are really economic development initiatives.”
Given says administration will be in discussion with neighboring communities about financial support for the project.
“When the municipalities in the regions are considering these types of facilities, that there should be some discussion about whether appropriate supports or contributions from the other parties that will benefit from that and so we’ve had some of those conversations informally and we will have those conversations more formally at the administrative level, to see if there is the possibility of other municipalities financially supporting the project.”
With the increased capacity, Grande Prairie will be able to form a team in the Canadian Junior Football League, joining cities like Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatchewan and Regina. The CKC West Turf Field is scheduled to host the 2018 Alberta Summer Football Finals.
If given the green light, construction is planned to be complete by the Summer of 2018.