November 19, 2010
Kamloops, B.C. - The Tournament Capital has officially welcomed its one millionth visitor. Patrick Schmitz was the unsuspecting Kamloops resident that swiped his card for the Centre's millionth time in 2010.
Patrick, an employee of Highland Valley Copper, was the recipient of an annual pass to the TCC and a City of Kamloops ski jacket, presented to him by Mayor Milobar during the celebration on November 19th at the Tournament Capital Centre.
"We're very proud of the success of the TCC. It shows residents and competitors alike are taking advantage of our world-class facilities," said Mayor Peter Milobar.
The $22 million multi-sport facility first opened its doors in 2007 as part of the Tournament Capital Program initiated by the City of Kamloops. Since then, the 135,000 square foot facility's visitation has grown across all areas, including fitness operations, indoor pool and track, gymnastics, and concessions. Events such as TRU Athletics varsity games and invitational tournaments in track and field, aquatics, soccer, lacrosse, basketball, badminton, volleyball and football have also been on the rise.
"Kamloops residents of all ages and abilities have embraced the TCC as their premier destination for recreation, health and wellness services since opening in 2007", says Jeff Putnam Facilities & Business Operations Manager, "Our employee team has done an amazing job delivering first-class customer service in what is now the City's busiest public facility."
The Tournament Capital Centre is the official host venue for the BC Lions Football training camp, which is hosted every June until 2013. In 2010, the facility hosted a number of international and national level events including the World Masters Indoor Athletics Championships, CIS Men's University Volleyball Nationals and the Canadian Gymnastics Championships. Looking ahead the Tournament Capital Centre and Hillside Stadium will be hosting the Western Canada Summer Games August 5th - 14th, 2011.
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Jeff Putnam, Facilities and Business Operations Supervisor
City of Kamloops