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Fort St. John Enerplex
Pomeroy Sport Centre
Location 9324 – 96 Avenue
BC V1J 4
Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada
Opened 13 October 2010 (13 October 2010)
Owner City of Fort St. John
Surface Artificial ice
Construction cost $44 million
Capacity 1,000

Fort St. John Enerplex, also known for sponsorship reasons as Pomeroy Sport Centre, is a sports venue in the Canadian town of Fort St. John, British Columbia. The indoor arena features two ice hockey rinks, a long-track speed skating rink and a walkway. The venue was taking into use on 23 December 2009, and officially opened 13 October 2010.

History[]

Construction of the venue cost $44 million, of which $15 million was paid for by the provincial government. In addition to meeting local recreational needs, the venue was part of a provincial effort to provide for more elite sports efforts in the regional centres. In particular, the Peace River Regional District had been an important space for the development of several Canadian top speed skaters.[1]

The first use of the speed skating rink took place on 23 December 2009.[2] The venue was officially opened on 13 October 2010.[1] The city subsequently signed a fifteen year naming deal with the Pomeroy Group.[3][4]

Facilities[]

The venue covers a floor area of 13,000 square metres (140,000 sq ft)[1] The ground floor features two North American-sized ice hockey rinks, with a combined spectator capacity of 1,000.[1] The second floor features a 400-metre (1,300 ft) long-track ice rink at an elevation of 671 metres 2,201 feet above mean sea level.[2] The upper deck features a 380 m/1,250 ft walkway. All ice surfaces are artificial. [1]

The Enerplex is one of only two indoor long-track speed skating rinks in Canada, the other being the Olympic Oval in Calgary, and one of four in the Americas. It remains the sole such indoor venue in British Columbia after the Richmond Olympic Oval was converted to a general-purpose recreational centre after the conclusion of the 2010 Winter Olympics.[1]

The venue is built on a 3-hectare (7.4-acre) lot with 259 parking spaces on 96 Avenue. The lot features 1,700 square metres (18,000 sq ft) of pedestrian plazas and 6,500 square metres (70,000 sq ft) of landscape planting. The landscaping was designed by Urban Systems.[5]

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