The plans are now in place for the grand opening of the new West Fraser Centre in Quesnel.
It will include a concert on the night of Saturday, September 16th featuring what is only being described at this point as “a well known Canadian rock band.
That will be followed by tours, public skating, a tailgate party and sports hall of fame presentations the following day on Sunday, September 17th and then the official opening ceremony and a Canucks Alumni Hockey game that night.
All of that was unveiled at last night’s North Cariboo Joint Planning Committee meeting.
The politicians kicked around the idea of holding free events or charging in full to pay for everything but landed on a compromise.
Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson…
“It’s ticketed with a nominal fee and then donation on top of that because I think if people are only paying 5 bucks for the hockey game or 10 bucks for the concert and you’ve got that ability to donate and if the donation is specifically going to our next phase project.
The idea is that there is a bit of cost recovery on the cost of the grand opening, estimated to be around $75,600, and that the donations for the concert would go towards a future Performing Arts facility and the donations for the hockey game to Kidsport to help those that need it to participate in the sports that are played in the arena.
The vote was unanimous.