Suncor Community Leisure Centre open to community for Men’s Hockey Final

(Fort McMurray, AB, February 21, 2014) – The community is invited to the Suncor Community Leisure Centre main concourse on Sunday morning for the much-anticipated Olympic men’s hockey Gold Medal Game between Canada and Sweden beginning at 5:00 am.

The decision to open the facility two hours early to broadcast the game live on a 10x14-foot high-definition screen was an easy one following an exciting week at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre that saw community members gather to take in Olympic action in Sochi, Russia.

“We want to give community members the opportunity to join with family, neighbours and friends as Team Canada goes for a second straight Gold Medal in men’s hockey,” said Tim Reid, Chief Executive Officer of the Regional Recreation Corporation of Wood Buffalo (RRC). “People stood side by side in the main concourse all week – including during Canada’s incredible overtime win in the women’s hockey final on Thursday – so we decided to keep the excitement going by opening two hours early for this game.”

Complimentary refreshments will be available during the game, which comes on the heels of Canada’s 1-0 win over the United States in Friday’s semi-final. As per regular operating hours, access to all recreational amenities at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre, including the Syncrude Aquatic Centre and Total Fitness Centre, will begin at 7:00 am.

“As a Vancouver native, I was fortunate to be part of our last Winter Olympic experience in 2010,” said Naved Noorani, Director of Hospitality for the RRC. “Vancouver may have hosted the last Winter Olympic Games but we all know as a true Canadian region Wood Buffalo has the best community spirit in the country. We have seen it all week here in the main concourse and we’re thrilled to create lasting memories on Sunday.”

Winter Olympic action will continue to be broadcast live at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre through the Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, while community members are reminded of the free Olympics-inspired art workshop taking place in the main concourse on Saturday from 1:00-4:00 pm. More information on this collaborative initiative between the RRC, Fort McMurray Public Library and the Wood Buffalo Artists Forum can be found at macdonaldisland.ca. 

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