Fieldhouse on track for summer opening
Foothills: Sports groups now able to book time in facility
By: Don Patterson
| Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 02:18 pm
Work on the Foothills-Okotoks Regional Field House is entering the final phase in most areas and the facility is on track for an expected summer opening.
The building is expected to be substantially complete on June 30, with final completion expected by the end of July. While construction is on track, an opening date hasn’t been picked yet.
In the mean time, calls are going out to foothills sports groups that want to use the field house to sign up with the facility’s managers.
“It’s really exciting and we’re starting to take bookings,” said Susan Laurin, Okotoks community services manager. “I think all our community groups are going to like it.”
Officials began accepting bookings for the field house last week and a website has been set up at www.foothillsokotoksregionalfieldhouse.com.
Laurin encouraged sports groups that want to be included in the master schedule for the facility to call soon.
Once open, the facility will have three fields and one multi-purpose field for various sports, including basketball, volleyball and tennis. There will also be meeting rooms, spectator bleachers, multi-purpose training rooms and a concession.
Once construction is largely completed at the end of June, she said the facility’s manager Nustadia will begin moving in to prepare for the opening date.
There have been delays, first when the building collapsed in late 2012 as the first pieces if steel frame were put in place. There was also a difficulty in getting qualified trades people to do work after last year’s flood.
In spite of the delays, she said they expected the building to be completed by the end of this July. Laurin said there is still a lot of work to do outdoors at the site that depends on having good weather to complete, including paving the parking lot and building the access road.
“We had known at that time we were anticipating a July opening forecast,” Laurin said.
With the opening date getting closer, a group raising money to pay for sports equipment and furniture for the facility is ramping up its fundraising efforts.
The group is raising money to purchase a number of essential items, including furniture, scoreboards, nets, balls and kitchen equipment.
The group has a goal of raising $1 million and so far it has raised $200,000.
It has opened the process to begin accepting sponsorship opportunities for the facility.
Society chairman John Barlow said they are looking for sponsors in a variety of areas, including naming rights for the field house and for each of the four fields.
He said there will be a variety of sponsorship opportunities for foothills businesses of all sizes.
“We want to make sure there’s sponsorship available for businesses of all sizes,’ said Barlow.
The group has a pair of events planned for this year.
The Society has teamed up with the Town of Okotoks during the announcement of this year’s inductees in the Okotoks Hall of Fame on June 20. The group will host a barbecue fundraiser with speakers and live entertainment after the evening’s induction ceremony.
The society will also host a 24-hour soccer-thon this summer once the field house is open. It will follow after a similar event last year held in the Okotoks Recreation Centre.
Barlow said they want to do it in the field house this time and will announce a date once an opening date has been set.
“We want to do it in the field house, but we don’t know when yet,” he said.
Sponsorship and fundraising information will also be available through the field house website.