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TCC field house to reopen this weekend featuring new track and courts

The new track at the field house in the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops is pictured in this submitted photo.
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September 28, 2017 - 10:18 AM

KAMLOOPS - The Tournament Capital Centre will get back on track next week when the City reopens the newly renovated field house and to mark the occasion the city is offering free admission on opening day.

The City has redone the track, one of the hardwood courts and added some new fitness equipment. Parks and Civic Facilities manager Jeff Putnam says in a media release everything taken out has been replaced with Olympic-standard materials.

"The new track is a premium Mondo Track surface, the international standard for competition," he says in the release. "This synthetic rubber surface is expected to last 20 years. In addition to the new surface material, which is now blue, grey, and green, the lanes were also widened to meet current international standards and two more sprint lanes were added."

"The new hardwood on the north court completes the three-court system from the initial vision for TCC. This high-performance hardwood floor expands the Tournament Capital opportunities for hosting volleyball, basketball, and badminton events."

The renovations to the field house started with needed repairs to a failing building envelope that wasn't done properly in the initial construction, but the City decided to make the improvements during the same time as the repairs were made. The cost of upgrades to the track and courts was $1.8 million with $500,000 coming from a federal government grant.

Though the track will reopen on Monday, Oct. 2, the hardwood courts will not be opened to the public until Sunday, Oct. 8. The field house has been closed since the start of construction on June 27, 2017.

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