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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta February 27, H74 LETHBRIDQE HERALD SPORTSPLEX Yours mine ours By PAT SULLIVAN Herald Sports Editor It has everything and it's yours, mine and ours. We'll call it Sportsplex for want of a better name. That better name, however, could be the Canada Winter Games Sportsplex. That, according to informed sources, will be the rightful name of what is soon to be yours, mine and ours. On a quick tour through the Sportsplex, thanks to Bill Povey of the City of Lethbridge Community Services, and Pete Savinkoff, job foreman, what you can see here is the beginning of the greatest sports edifice to grace our fair city in its brief history. Lethbridge, once called the model city of Canada, will play host to the 1975 Canada Winter Games Feb. 11-23, 1975. Countdown to the Winter Games began this Feb. 11 at the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion. It will end with the opening ceremonies at centre ice in the new Sportsplex this October or November. Savinkoff, who has his crew right on schedule, says that the City of Lethbridge is not premature in its endeavor to take bookings for the new rink, Oct. 1, this year. "Just like the slogan for the says Savinkoff, "we're right on target." Povey, who has watched the Adams Ice Centre and Henderson Lake Ice Centre come into being, is like a great many of us, he can't wait for the doors to swing open on the new Sportsplex. If you were to sit down with Povey, and follow his example, you would require seat belts. He is, to say the least, excited about the new complex. "I can't begin to describe what the Sportsplex will be he says. "You would have to come and see it yourself." And see it Herald photographer Bill Groenen and I did. From the Scenic Drive the Sportsplex looks like any other big building. Cement walls and room for maybe a few more people than Henderson Lake Ice Centre. Oh, how deceptive buildings can be. The new Sportsplex will seat, not just house, people, six times the Henderson rink. And all will be comfortable. Expansion, in time, will see in seats. As Povy put it, "theatre seats." The lower deck of seats will be fully upholstered while the upper deck will have padded seats with a plywood back. Hoping that people won't get the wrong impression of the Sportsplex, Povey went on to point out that there is also facilities for Ice Capades, circuses or any event almost imaginable. Better than seats in the new complex are collapsable. "They fold up and out of sight faster than you can says Povey excitedly. "We can accommodate most, anything." With an ice surface of 200' by 85' one would think that would be enough. Sorry, there's more to come. There are six dressing rooms, two of which will be available to speed skaters coming off the new oval. Four handball courts, which popular demand tells you are more than welcome. Dr. Welby would be proud of the new clinic on the main floor and if that isn't enough, there are facilities for a health club under the main foyer where business offices will be constructed. If a health club is left out it will be only because a rifle range has been set up as was outlined in the original plans. Concessions? The new complex will have a self contained kitchen that will accommodate all food services for any event in the building. What more can be said? That small steel structure on Scenic Drive will have it all. We are looking at the biggest athletic boon ever to happen in our fair city. The Canada Winter Games will come and go next Feb. We can brace ourselves for the influx of athletes and officials from all across Canada. They will all be here. But what we must remember and cherish is the fact that the Sporstplex is yours, mine and ours, for years to come. The frontdoor Photos by Bill Groenen Long dark corridor They'll walk up here It's a long way up Line it up All of this is yours-mine-ours ;