Staff say Oxford arena repairs necessary to compete for business

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OXFORD - Costly repairs to the arena in Oxford are necessary to make the arena more viable.

OXFORD - Costly repairs to the arena in Oxford are necessary to make the arena more viable.

During the Feb. 25 council meeting, arena manager John Nauss urged the Town of Oxford to carry out these repairs if they want their arena to have a future.

There have been a number of organizations requesting the use of the Oxford arena, according to Nauss, who explained that the rink needs extensive renovations if the town wants a successful building.

Theres no insulation, no dehumidifier, the ceiling is in poor shape, Nauss said. You cant expect people to come into the building under the conditions its in.

Nauss mentioned a new Junior C hockey team has expressed interest in using the arena, while Atlantic Ringette, too, has expressed interest in using the arena as a central practice point.

We could have minor hockey back in Oxford along with Cumberland Ringette, but in order for that to happen the ice has to be in the rink by the first part of October because thats when these organizations begin their season, he said.

The arena manager strongly urged council to decide whether or not they want to remain competitive with other arenas, stating that the organizations interested in utilizing the arena would book at least 50 to 60 hours of ice time, which would sustain the building.

Junior C starts Oct. 5 and this building wouldnt be sustainable to early ice the way it is, Nauss said.A new ceiling for the building would cost $43,000 and new lighting would be required as well. However, the new lighting would give a 20 to 25 per cent energy savings, the manager explained.

If you can come up with some numbers showing revenue well have a look at it, Councillor Wade Adshade said in response to the arena manager.

Nauss expressed that it would be good for the Town of Oxford to have the arena operational for these organizations rather than let the building deteriorate further than it has also pointing out that when these organizations are in Oxford it is good for local businesses as well.

Geographic location: Oxford

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