Stadium improvements create space

Jason Malloy
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TRURO - The renovated Colchester Legion Stadium will be roomier when work is complete later this summer.
North River's Flagship Construction began work a couple of weeks ago on the $773,200 project. The work will see the concrete floor under the ice surface replaced as well as the boards. The project will also see the ice surface moved 10 feet to the west to expand the front foyer. The seating towards the back of the stadium has all been torn out.
"We will determine, when we begin looking at phase two of the renovations, how much, if any, (of the seating) will be built back into place," said Doug MacKenzie, director of parks, recreation and culture.
Phase two, which includes upgrades to the dressing rooms, public bathrooms, hallways lighting and canteen improvements, could begin this summer.
The back of the stadium seated about 320 people but with increased standing room capacity, and potential for other seating to be added, it is expected the same amount of people will be able to watch hockey this winter.
Fans already congregate in the front end of the building to watch the action and catch up with friends.
"A lot of people will just stand there and watch the game as opposed to going up into the bleachers," MacKenzie said.
Construction is progressing as the concrete floor, seating and boards have already been removed.
"We're very excited about the work that's been accomplished to date and the schedule that the contractors are on," MacKenzie said.
"At this point, we're very optimistic that we'll be able to reopen in late August as originally scheduled. It's a great feeling.
"I think the improvements are going to be noticed by everyone who uses the facility."
The civic centre project includes funding for renovations at the stadium, which was built in 1965.

Organizations: Flagship Construction

Geographic location: Colchester Legion Stadium, North River

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