Kurt Browning to perform in opening ceremonies of Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on September 18

Four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning will guest star in the opening ceremonies as part of the official grand opening celebrations of Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Saturday, September 18 at 12:30 p.m.

“This free family event is sure to draw a huge crowd,” said Oakville Mayor Rob Burton. “Events are planned throughout the weekend including public skates to live bands, autograph signings, a Much Music Video Dance Party for youth, Hockey Hall of Fame displays, and the much anticipated NHL Alumni Game.”

Hosted by TSN’s Michael Landsberg, spectators at Saturday’s opening ceremonies can look forward to performances by Kurt Browning, three-time Canadian Pair bronze medallists Jodeyne Higgins and Sean Rice, and the Oakville Skating Club, as well as appearances by the Oakville Blades, Minor Oaks Hockey Association, Oakville Hornets, Oakville Speed Skating Club, and Cruiser Sports.

Sunday’s Alumni Game will feature ten lucky Oakville residents proudly wearing the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens jerseys, and hitting the ice with NHL hockey legends including Mike Peca and Claude Lemieux. Tickets for the NHL Alumni Game are $10 each and available for purchase at all community centres and Town Hall until September 17, and at Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on September 18 and 19 as part of the grand opening celebrations.

Fans can meet their favourite celebrity athletes during the autograph signings from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, and from 1 to 2 p.m. with the NHL Alumni players on Sunday.

“From conceptual artist renderings to a now completed full-service quad pad arena, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex exceeds our expectations,” said Domenic Lunardo, commissioner of Community Services for the Town of Oakville.

Designed by PBK Architects, Sixteen Mile Sports Complex is a 196,000 square foot state-of-the-art quad pad arena located at 3070 Neyagawa Boulevard. This fully-accessible facility features one Olympic-sized ice pad with seamless glass and seating for 1,500 spectators, three NHL-sized ice pads, 22 change rooms, two multi-purpose community rooms, two practice pads and a full-service restaurant.

“Sixteen Mile Sports Complex will provide our athletes with more ice time to play the sports they love. It will also be the cornerstone of Oakville’s newest neighbourhoods north of Dundas Street,” said Mayor Burton. “We look forward to showing our community the many incredible features this quad pad has to offer at the grand opening celebrations.”

Youth and adult user groups including the Minor Oaks Hockey Association, Oakville Hornets, Oakville Skating Club, Oakville Speed Skating Club and Cruiser Sports will take advantage of ice time for a combination of practices, games, tournaments and other competitions.

The town will also allocate blocks of time for recreational family skating, town-operated programs and special events, and anticipates this facility to be a prime tournament venue. The Oakville Blades and the Oakville Skating Club and the Town of Oakville’s recently launched Oakville Recreational Hockey League (ORHL) for adult players of all skill levels will proudly call Sixteen Mile Sports Complex home.

Parking is extremely limited. Avoid the frustration and take the special Oakville Transit shuttle buses to and from the facility. Shuttle buses will run every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, September 18 and from 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, September 19 from the Town Hall parking lot located at 1225 Trafalgar Road. Residents are encouraged to take the bus or ride their bike to Town Hall to catch the shuttle. All Oakville Transit buses are equipped with bike racks, and bicycle parking is available outside Town Hall and Sixteen Mile Sports Complex. For schedule and transit route information, visit the Oakville Transit website.

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Janine Ivings
Senior Communications Advisor
Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3005

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Kurt Browning to perform in opening ceremonies of Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on September 18