Both of Dundas’ arenas will be used when the Valley Town hosts the 2014 Allan Cup Canadian men’s amateur hockey championship in April.
City councillor Russ Powers told his community council last month two practices a day will be held at Westoby Ice Surface on Olympic Drive while all tournament games will be played at J.L. Grightmire Arena on Market Street, between April 14 and April 19.
“We’ve found the ice gets pretty chewed up (after two practices),” Powers said. “It’s flooded, but it doesn’t have enough time to rebound for games. So we’re moving practices to Olympic.”
The City of Hamilton is being asked to waive all ice rental fees for both Grightmire and Westoby arenas for the tournament, as well as all rental fees for the use of the Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre for Allan Cup week events.
The event returns to Dundas for its 105th anniversary. Dundas last hosted the Allan Cup in 2003. The Ile Des Chenes North Stars of Manitoba defeated the Stony Plain Eagles of Alberta in an exciting double-overtime final game that year. The Manitoba team featured former NHL star Pat Falloon.
TSN spokesperson Rob Duffy said the championship game will be broadcast live on April 19. No decision has been made on whether other games will be broadcast as well.
A total of six teams will compete, including the host Dundas Real McCoys.
Ticket package are already on sale at the Real McCoys website. Tickets to all 11 tournament games are $200, and individual game tickets will only be sold if packages are not sold out. Allan Cup week will also mark an announcement of the first class inducted into the Dundas Sports Wall of Fame.
When the tournament ends April 19, a major renovation of Grightmire is expected to begin.
“As soon as the ice is out after the Allan Cup, we close the arena for five months for construction,” Powers said. “We’re just about ready to go to tender to make sure everything is in place for the spring.”