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Sunplex open doors to ball hockey registration

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 | 12:00 pm

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Kevin Halchuk of Interior Sport Court Surfaces and Sunplex president (Photo Pieter Uni)

Kevin Halchuk of Interior Sport Court Surfaces and Bryan Ducharme, president of Sunplex Sports Arena, show off the newest indoor sports facility in Kelowna.

By Pieter Uni

Ball hockey is now a part of Kelowna’s cultural district.

After a year and a half of waiting, the newly constructed Sunplex Sports Arena will begin ball hockey registration today, so it will be a hotbed of activity when its doors finally open at the end of April.

With a polyethylene sports playing surface, the new facility will cater to indoor sports, specifically ball hockey and Sunplex president Bryan Ducharme believes the complex will fit in perfectly in the city’s cultural district.

“It is a huge asset to Kelowna as the city will have an intimate indoor sports facility,” said Ducharme. “We are thrilled with the way the project came together and I think when people see the inside, they will see it fits into the area.”

Located on Ellis Street behind the old train station, the arena will feature a polyethylene surface measuring 140 by 65 feet that will allow ball hockey to be played as it was meant to be played.

“Ball hockey has never been given the proper venue to play in and that is what we wanted to give to the game,” said Ducharme.

The playing surface, installed by Interior Sport Court Surfaces, is one of only a handful that exist in the province.

Interior Sport Surfaces representative Kevin Halchuk said the new floor, with the right amount of care and maintenance, should last close to 15 years, well beyond the 10-year lease Sunplex owners have for the site.

Though ball hockey will be the feature sport at the new indoor facility, Ducharme said the complex will accommodate a wide range of sports, including handball, futsal and floor ball.

“When we first started the design . . . we wanted to make it as multipurpose as possible,” he said. “We did our research and picked sports that fit into the size of the playing surface we had designed.”

The complex will also feature four heated dressing rooms and Ducharme said a licensed sports grill, along with an outdoor patio, will also be added. Additional work on the exterior, including a landscaping project, will also be completed in order to raise the visual appeal of the structure.

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