May 08, 2014 - 11:19 AM
VERNON - The return of the RBC Cup is expected to bring economic benefits to the region for years to come.
Vernon is hosting the national Junior A Hockey Championship for the first time since 1990, and the city’s economic development manager Kevin Poole says it’s going to infuse the local economy with players and spectators staying in hotels, eating in restaurants and seeing the many sights of the area.
“Vernon’s really been looking at sports tourism to bring people to the area,” Poole says. “Sports tourism is an area we excel in. This is a nice place to come in the summer and also in the shoulder seasons. These types of events show we have the capacity to pull these things off.”
The ten day, 13 game event kicks off this Saturday at Kal Tire Place with opening ceremonies and the first two games. The championship game will be broadcast on TSN.
“You can’t pay for that type of exposure,” Poole says. “It all helps to build the foundation and the reputation of a community that can host these events.”
The committee organizing the event has involved local agencies and businesses to showcase everything the area has to offer.
“They’re trying to get participants out and about, golfing, doing all the things you can do in the Okanagan. It really shows the strength of the community,” Poole says. “It’s excellent not just for Vernon, but for the whole North Okanagan.”
Mike Lane chairs the committee, and is thrilled to see the RBC Cup return to Vernon.
“Vernon won in 1990, the first time we hosted. The Vernon Vipers won in overtime, and that excitement has carried over,” Lane says.
Over the course of the event, there will be live music featuring country singer Chad Brownlee, prize pack giveaways, and of course, action packed games.
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