Making a regional sports facility even better
The Canada Games Stadium at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John has received a much anticipated upgrade thanks to $3.6 million in funding announced on August 19, 2009.
The Government of Canada and the City of Saint John each committed $1.4 million, while the University of New Brunswick invested $800,000.
The project involved resurfacing the 400-metre, eight-lane track; the installation of an infield synthetic turf; the creation of an area for activities such as javelin and hammer throw; stadium and grand stands renovations; infield lighting installation, a scoreboard, security lighting and perimeter fencing; and storage.
"Not only does the refurbishment of the Canada Games Stadium enhance the student experience at UNB Saint John, it is an important recreation resource for the City of Saint John, and the surrounding communities," said Robert MacKinnon, UNB's vice-president (Saint John).
Saint John MP Rodney Weston announced federal funding for the project on behalf of Keith Ashfield, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). "Our investment of $1.4 million in the Canada Games Stadium helped the City of Saint John and the University of New Brunswick complete the work needed to attract large international sporting events, and will create employment in the construction in industry."
The Canada Games Stadium, originally built in 1985, is one of the area's most important sports assets.
"This is wonderful for the city and our region," said Saint John Mayor Ivan Court. "These funds put new life into the Canada Games Stadium and provide Southern New Brunswick with a world class venue to serve our community for generations. In addition to promoting health and wellness in our community, we will have an opportunity to attract international events to the city."
The stadium is located on UNB's Saint John campus in Tucker Park and is home field for the UNB Varsity Reds track and field program, competing as a member of Canadian Interuniversity Sport and the UNB Saint John Seawolves Varsity Soccer teams, competing in the Canadian Colleges Athletics Association.