Shell Place celebrates grand opening and ribbon cutting with Wood Buffalo community

The Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo celebrated the Shell Place official grand opening and ribbon cutting on June 12 with dignitaries, partners, stakeholders and thousands of community members in attendance.

“It is a genuine pleasure to officially open this exciting new facility with our community,” said Michael Cachia, Chair of the RRC Board of Directors. “Shell Place was designed and built with the collaboration and support of the community through wide-ranging engagement and feedback, and it seems only fitting we cut the ribbon today with thousands of the community members who helped us to design this facility and who will now have the opportunity to enjoy the possibilities it brings to our region for decades to come. We are grateful for the guidance and vision of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor and Council, our many key partners and stakeholders and our incredible community who have supported this project from the very beginning.”

The grand opening included an Official Guinness World Record Attempt for ‘most participants in a ribbon cutting’ and included students from the Fort McMurray Catholic School District, the Fort McMurray Public School District, the Anzac Community School, École Boreal and thousands of community members. The ribbon cutting signalled the official opening of Shell Place to the Wood Buffalo region.

“Shell Place is now officially your Place” said Peter Zebedee, General Manager, Shell Albian Sands. “Starting today, our community gets to reap the benefits of these great new facilities. Once again, the people of this region have come together to create something incredibly special that takes sports, entertainment and social profit services to a whole new level.  As the title sponsor of the MacDonald Island Expansion project, Shell Canada and our joint venture partners, Chevron Canada Limited and Marathon Oil Corporation are proud to support this hard working community.”

Shell Place is the $127 million expansion project at MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray and includes the SMS Equipment Stadium, CNOOC Nexen Stage, The Redpoll Centre (social profit shared space), Baseball Stadium, Grand Ballroom, indoor turf field house and badminton centre, among other amenities. The official ground breaking for Shell Place (then known as the MacDonald Island Park Expansion Project) took place in the fall of 2012.

“Shell Place truly offers something for everyone to enjoy,” said Mayor Melissa Blake. “This amazing facility is the heart of our community and with the new social profit service hub and access to world-class sports and entertainment, this venue will open doors and improve quality of life in our region for decades to come.”

More information on Shell Place can be found at shellplace.ca.

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