West Fraser Centre Grand Opening News Release

Canadian Rock Icons 54-40 to Kick Off West Fraser Centre Opening Weekend Celebrations

Quesnel, B.C. – August 9, 2017 – The highly anticipated opening of the West Fraser Centre will include a rock concert, a tailgate party, and a hockey game featuring Vancouver Canucks Alumni. The Grand Opening festivities will kick off with a Saturday night concert, September 16, headlined by Vancouver rock legends 54-40. 54-40 recorded 3 Canadian Platinum albums and one gold album in the 1990s with hit songs like “Ocean Pearl”, “Lies to Me”, and “I Go Blind”.

The celebration will continue on Sunday, September 17 from 2 – 5 pm with a ribbon cutting and community tailgate party that will include live music and food vendors in the plaza around the new arena. The community will have the opportunity to tour the state of the art facility and strap on their skates and take to the ice for an afternoon of public skating. There will also be face painting, games, and activities for the whole family and a chance to meet and get autographs from Canucks Alumni.

Grand Opening Weekend will wind up with the Official Opening and a hockey game between local players and the Vancouver Canucks Alumni.

The West Fraser Centre is equipped with a regulation size ice surface, fixed seating for over 1,300 people plus standing room, multi-purpose rooms, and a concession.

Construction on the West Fraser Centre started in the spring of 2017 and is expected to be completed on schedule and on budget for $20.6 million. Over $6 million has be spent to date on local contractors and suppliers on this project.

The West Fraser Centre is funded jointly funded by the City of Quesnel and Cariboo Regional District (CRD) under the CRD’s North Cariboo Recreation and Parks function.

The Event Schedule:

Saturday, September 16, 2017

54.40 Concert
Doors open at 7 pm
Tickets: on sale at the Arts and Recreation Centre: $10 each, max. 8 tickets per person

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Tailgate party, public skate and arena tours
Entertainment, public skating, activities and food vendors.
2 – 5 pm

Inaugural Hockey Game and Opening Ceremonies
West Fraser Centre Team VS the Vancouver Canucks Alumni
Doors open at 6 pm
Tickets: on sale at the Arts and Recreation Centre: $5, max. 8 tickets per person

Ticket Information

Tickets for both events are available ONLY at the Quesnel and District Arts and Recreation Centre starting on August 9, 2017 at 8:30 am.


Media Contact
Teann Ingram
Communications Clerk
E: tingram@quesnel.ca
T: 250-991-7475