Sharpen your skates, the Servus Arena is officially open! The new facility will be the home-ice for Red Deer Minor Hockey, the Red Deer Vipers, and the Red Deer College Queens. The facility also includes leasable space for user groups, upper and lower viewing lobby, support rooms, and main plaza. The arena will display public art/awards to highlight citizen accomplishments and history of the existing facility.
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Completed in 2011, the Flames Community Arena contains three ice surfaces: one international size, one NHL size, and a regulation size. The expansion added:
- An NHL size ice surface complete with professional level lighting,
- Seating for 250 spectators,
- Barrier free viewing areas,
- Awards/entry hall,
- Five dressing rooms, and a referee change room
- Referees change room,
- A multi-purpose press/ viewing room,
- Pro-shop, concession area,
- Mount Royal University Cougars men’s and women’s team and equipment rooms,
- A refrigeration plant sized for the operation of two additional ice surfaces,
- And an ice resurfacer room.
The various sizes of arenas address the emphasis South West Arena Society placed on providing a variety of ice surface sizes to accommodate the diverse needs of the community.
GEC completed the 3M Arena at Mariucci (formerly the Mariucci Arena) at the University of Minnesota. The Arena is a 9,600-seat facility designed for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers’ Hockey Team. As a single bowl seating configuration designed for the sole purpose of NCAA hockey, each seat provides an optimum viewing experience increasing the spectator experience. This design provides an ideal teaching and working environment for the players and coaches. The facility features a 240 seat "Gold Room" with superior sight lines for University Alumni, and an open concourse at the top of the seating bowl allowing visual continuity and accessibility for large spectator events.
The facility was designed in collaboration with Opus Corporation and Opus Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis. The Arena was the first design-build project undertaken by the University of Minnesota. Utilizing conventional construction techniques within a tighter time frame, the design-build format allowed completion of the project $3,000,000 below original projected costs.
For over 24 years the arena has functioned as a premier University athletic facility receiving praise from athletes, coaches, and spectators, and sports authorities. In 2007, 14 years after completion, Sports Illustrated ranked it a Top 10 College Sports Venue.
The Red Deer Arena is a central part of the community and has been a gathering place for decades. The City of Red Deer wanted to commemorate the historic and future user group accomplishments as well as other significant features.
Working with the Red Deer Arena Commemorative Advisory Committee we honoured the older facility by keeping the original neon Arena sign and score boards. We incorporated the original neon Arena sign as a highly visible beacon in the main entrance area.