FSJ applies for arena upgrade funding

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Fort St. John has applied for $30,000 in funding to help it get ready to host the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.

If approved, the Northern Development Initiative Trust funding will go towards a number of upgrades at the North Peace Arena.

The city is looking to make several IT upgrades at the area that will allow for broadcast and web streaming of the event, which will see a 22-game schedule split between the North Peace Arena and the Encana Events Centre in Dawson Creek.

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The city also wants to install several new data access points throughout the arena to boost its WIFI capabilities.
The city is also looking at the funding to help refurbish the arena’s dressing rooms and shower areas for players.

The city also has a request for proposals out for someone to run the concession stand in the arena. Proposals are due August 7.

Teams joining the three Canadian squads in the tournament, set to run Oct. 30 to Nov 7, include the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland, and the Czech Republic.

The upgrades in Fort St. John are only a fraction of what’s reportedly needed in Dawson Creek.

Media reports suggest the Encana Events Centre will need up to $450,000 in dressing room and storage upgrades to host the tournament and future Hockey Canada events.

The tournament was announced June 24.

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