Friday, April 02, 2010

Grant • Harvey Centre Construction Set to Start

The Grant • Harvey Centre, Fredericton’s new Southside Sports & Leisure Complex will honour two of the city's hockey heroes - Danny Grant and the late Buster Harvey - when it opens in September 2011. The $29.8-million facility will feature an Olympic-size ice surface and an NHL-size ice surface and will be home to the St. Thomas University men's and women's ice hockey teams. It will also accommodate other ice sports, including figure skating and speed skating, as well as offer an ideal location for trade shows and home shows.

The two-level complex will also offer a three-lane walking/running track on the upper level as well as a community event room, a multi-purpose meeting room and full kitchen facilities. The Olympic-size ice surface will have 500 seats for spectators while the NHL surface will feature seating for 1,500.

The 45-acre site is located on Knowledge Park Drive close to the intersection of the Vanier Highway and Kimble Drive. The grounds will include an artificial turf soccer pitch, a six-court indoor tennis facility, a two-acre, fenced dog-walking park and parking for more than 600 vehicles.

The City of Fredericton has approved a deal with Ice Kube Systems Technology that will see geothermal energy used to heat and cool the complex. The system will also have the capability to store extra thermal energy to serve other buildings on the site or in the vicinity.

Danny Grant and Buster Harvey grew up in Fredericton and went on to have successful careers in the National Hockey League. Both returned to Fredericton and gave back to their community by active involvement in coaching local teams. Both are members of the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame. Below:Buster(L)Danny(R)

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