Surrey planning a 5,000-seat spectator arena in Bridgeview

Vision goes along with city proposal to relocate two sheets of ice from the North Surrey Recreation Centre.

Surrey is looking for a firm to build a 5,000-plus spectator arena in North Surrey.

It comes as the city plans to move two ice rinks from the North Surrey Recreation Centre to Bridgeview near 130 Street and 110 Avenue.

In mid-June, Surrey sent out expressions of interest for a company to build a spectator arena at the Bridgeview site as well.

It has not yet been determined what type of sport would be played there, as the private sector hasn’t yet decided which would be the most viable.

The city says both sheets of ice and the spectator arena can fit on the 5.7-hectare (14-acre) parcel of property.

Laurie Cavan, Surrey’s general manager of parks, recreation and culture, says the two sheets of ice at the existing North Surrey Recreation Centre will remain operational until the new sheets can be used.

She also noted there are no plans to move the existing pool or gymnasium from the North Surrey Recreation Centre at 135 Street and 102 Avenue.

Surrey has budgeted $45 million for 2015-16 to construct the two sheets of ice at the new location.

It’s unknown what the expected costs of the spectator arena will be. That will be known when the expressions of interest are submitted.


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