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2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup organizers announce legacy project for arena

Published: Jun 20, 2012

SASKATOON – The host committee for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup unveiled the event’s legacy project Wednesday at Credit Union Centre.

With financial support from the provincial government and the City of Saskatoon, the arena is currently being outfitted with new boards and protective glass. The state-of-the-art system – manufactured and installed by Cascadia Sport Systems – will make the playing area safer for all users and enhance the viewing experience for spectators.

“Planning for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup bid began almost a year ago,” said Tim Gitzel, co-chair of the event with Saskatoon Blades president Jack Brodsky. “We knew from the outset that we wanted to incorporate a legacy project – something that would benefit not only the MasterCard Memorial Cup event, but also serve users of this facility for decades to come.”

Most of the funding was supplied by the provincial government ($250,000) and the City of Saskatoon ($100,000). Saskatoon Silver Springs MLA Ken Cheveldayoff said the province’s contribution is part of an ongoing commitment to support major events which, in turn, leave an infrastructure legacy.

“The addition of new seats and the centre-ice scoreboard are legacies of past world junior hockey championships in 1991 and 2010,” said Cheveldayoff. “Now we have the new boards and glass, making the arena safer and even more attractive for major events such as the upcoming MasterCard Memorial Cup.”

There is one way into the action – Reserve your seat for the 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup by becoming a Saskatoon Blades season ticket holder today! Season ticket holders not only get to choose from the best seats, they can reserve their own seat plus one more for the eight-game MasterCard Memorial Cup.

For more information on becoming a season ticket holder and to secure your seat, call 975-8844 or visit www.saskatoonblades.com.

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For more information, contact:

Cory Wolfe,                                                                                                          
Media Communications Director                                                                     
2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup                                                                     
306-956-8079 (w)                                                                                              
306-370-8793 (c)                                                                                                               
cory_wolfe@cameco.com                

Cheri Hamilton,
Event Manager
2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup
306-975-2013 (w)
306-280-8586 (c)
cheri@mmcsaskatoon.com                                                           

About 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup
The MasterCard Memorial Cup is the Canadian Hockey League championship and will feature the top team from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, as well as the host team, Saskatoon Blades. The championship will take place May 16-26, 2013. The 10-day event will include a community-wide celebration showcasing alumni events, concerts and the CHL Awards. The Saskatoon Blades last hosted the MasterCard Memorial Cup in 1989.

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