August 11, 2009
Kamloops in the Running for 2015 Canada Winter Games
Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops has received official acknowledgement from the Canada Games Council it is in the running to host the 2015 Canada Winter Games. Kamloops has been identified along with Kelowna and Prince George communities approved for entering the official "Intent to Bid" process.
The 2015 Canada Winter Games is projected to generate over $90 million in direct economic spin-offs from participant and visitor spending; 3,400 athletes, 6,000 volunteers and 120,000 visitors are expected over the 17 day event in February 2015. The national TV audience generates 3 million viewers for the televised events.
According to Mayor Peter Milobar, "Kamloops appears to be well-positioned in the Bid Process since we have invested over $50 million in new sport and recreation facilities," Milobar says, "and our strong partnerships with Thompson Rivers University, Sun Peaks Resort and Kamloops Sports Council will be an important advantage".
The budget is expected to be $28 million. The Government of Canada and Province of BC contribute at least 70% of the total budget and the Host Community must contribute $3 million in capital. The remaining revenue is generated through corporate sponsorships and ticket sales. According to the Canada Games Council, every Host Community has been able to cover their operating costs or make a profit since the 1993 Canada Games held in Kamloops.
The next steps for Kamloops are to form a Bid Committee led by Mayor Milobar with representatives from key stakeholder and sport-hosting groups. Key dates are
The 2009 Canada Summer Games are in Prince Edward Island, 2011 Winter Games in Halifax, Nova Scotia and 2013 Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
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