Passion for Sports
Known for its community enthusiasm, volunteerism and support, the Red Deer Region stands behind its athletes and fulfills its commitment to hosting great events. As well as being the two-time hosts of the Scotties Tournament of Hearts, the region has hosted major national and international events including world curling championships and national figure skating events.
Red Deer’s numerous indoor and outdoor sports facilities make the city an ideal setting to host athletes and a wide range of professional and amateur sporting events. Facilities such as the Collicutt Centre, Great Chief Park and the numerous arenas offer a wide range of rental options to stage and support sporting events and tournaments.
Westerner Park is central Alberta’s premiere event destination, and hosts more than 1,500 sporting and trade events annually including over 17 major equestrians’ events.“Our venues and our people are here for one reason – to create memorable experiences for you and everyone attending your event,” says Erin Gobolos, Marketing Manager, Westerner Park.
“We were thrilled to host such exciting events as the World Junior Exhibitiongames and the Scotties Tournament of Hearts at the ENMAX Centrium,” said John Harms, Westerner Park’s CEO & General Manager. “Not only did this opportunity help to put Westerner Park on the map as central Alberta’s “Destination for Celebration™,” but it gave us an opportunity to show Western Canada how committed we are to creating world-class, family-friendly events.”
Beyond facilities and an advantageous proximity (midway between Calgary and Edmonton, what positions the Red Deer Region as an event host is the admirable accommodations inventory, which surpasses that of other similar sized urban centres, with 24 hotels and 2,400 hotel rooms. What impresses the Executive Director of Tourism Red Deer, Liz Taylor, more than anything else though is the quality of what’s available.
“There’s a great variety and number of accommodations to host visitors in the Red Deer region of which all are high-quality and all at very reasonable costs”, says Taylor.
While over a million visitors come to support local, provincial, national, and international sporting events annually, a handful of professional and Olympic athletes have called Red Deer home: figure skater Jamie Salé, speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon, freestyle skier Deidra Dionne, and WHL Red Deer Rebels alum Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – just another accolade pinned on the lapel of the city known for its sporting passion.