MacEwan to commit $2 million to Edmonton community rink

April 8, 2013

MacEwan University's board of governors has set aside $2 million in one-time funding toward an Edmonton community hockey rink attached to the proposed downtown arena. MacEwan president David Atkinson says the funding won't come from the operating budget but from funds set aside every year to buy new land, build new facilities, or renovate. Atkinson says MacEwan's contribution will increase the seating in the arena to 1,000, up from 300, so that it meets the requirements of the Canada West Universities Athletic Association. The agreement also guarantees a home for the men's and women's Griffin hockey teams with dedicated practice and game time still to be worked out among MacEwan, the municipality, and the Edmonton Oilers, who will practice there when the proposed main arena is tied up for other events. Edmonton Journal