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Canada Games Park arena naming sponsorship announced as Algoma Central Arena

Niagara Region and friends are thrilled to announce Algoma Central Corporation as the newest naming sponsor for one of the two ice pads located inside the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre at the new Canada Games Park. Algoma Central Corporation is headquartered in St. Catharines and operates the largest fleet of dry and liquid bulk carriers operating on the Great Lakes - St. Lawrence Seaway.

The new 1,200-seat arena will now be known as the Algoma Central Arena. Algoma Central Arena has glass walls that allow for added light and viewing of the atrium. It is parasport compatible and will host sledge hockey games and tournaments. The ice pad has also been constructed below the surrounding floor level so that spectators in wheelchairs can easily watch the action without their view being obstructed by the boards.

During the hockey season, Algoma Central Arena will be home of the Brock Badger men’s and women’s intercollegiate hockey programs and games. During the off season, the arena will be used by box lacrosse leagues. The naming sponsorship also includes the hosting and media box on the second floor overlooking the arena, which will be known as the Algoma Central Hosting and Media Box.

From Aug. 6 to 21, 2022, the Canada Games will be held in Niagara. The Games are held every two years and are designed to bring together thousands of up-and-coming Canadian athletes who will compete for the right to be a national champion. In support of the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, a new state-of-the-art facility called Canada Games Park (CGP) was built to support the activities of the Games.

CGP is located at the corner of Merrittville Highway and Sir Isaac Brock Way in Thorold, Ontario, and will be the main venue for a majority of the competitions throughout the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games, which were delayed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the 2022 Games, CGP will be a legacy for the community and provide opportunities for accessible recreation, cultural events and endless activities for decades to come.

Niagara Region, along with the City of St. Catharines, the City of Thorold and Brock University, formed a long-term agreement and a Consortium to manage and operate CGP following the 2022 Canada Summer Games. Additional funding for the facility was provided by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Visit the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games website for more information.

Quotes

"Today’s announcement is great news for the residents in Niagara region. Algoma Central Corporation has been an anchor in Niagara’s economy for decades. It’s involvement with Canada Games Park shows their ongoing commitment to the community where they are doing business and it shows employees and the regional community Algoma’s sense of purpose and pride."
~ Jim Bradley, Regional Chair
"Algoma Central Corporation has long been a community builder in Niagara, and their contribution not only helped support Canada Games Park, but will support generations of residents who step onto the ice or floor at Algoma Central Arena. Our local businesses are in many ways the heartbeat of our community and the generosity and support of Algoma to help bring this world-class facility to life is an example of what we can achieve when we work together."
~ Mayor Walter Sendzik, City of St. Catharines
"I am very thankful to have Algoma Central Corporation as a key strategic partner for the new Canada Games Park. They clearly recognize the substantial impact this facility will have on our community and are committed to supporting healthy and active living in Niagara. Sponsors like Algoma Central Corporation are pillars in our community and I couldn’t be more grateful to have their ongoing support."
~ Gary Comerford, Immediate Past Chair, Brock University
"We are proud to be a part of the legacy of the Canada Games and for the Algoma Central name to join the sponsorship community with other prominent Niagara businesses and families. Algoma has called Niagara home for over 50 years and we are thrilled to see this state-of-the-art facility come to life right here in our backyard. At Algoma we are passionate about having a positive impact in our communities and the Walker Sports and Abilities Centre at Canada Games Park aligns with that passion through the opportunities it will provide to Niagara residents of all ages and abilities. I am looking forward to seeing our Algoma Bear, a symbol of strength and stability, adorn the walls of the arena at the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games and for years to come."
~ Gregg Ruhl, President and CEO, Algoma Central Corporation

Media Inquiries

Janine Tessmer
Niagara Region
905-401-4882
janine.tessmer@niagararegion.ca


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