Centrium expansion project set back again

An additional 1,000 spectator seats in the Centrium will be installed by mid-November, says an official with Westerner Park.

An additional 1,000 spectator seats in the Centrium will be installed by mid-November, says an official with Westerner Park.

John Harms, chief executive officer and general manager, said on Thursday that their September plans were to see those seats in place by the end of October.

There was a slight delay in shipping, which means this part of the project has been delayed by a couple of weeks, Harms said.

The seats are now at customs in Calgary after being shipped from China, he added.

They will likely be installed after Agri-Trade is held from Nov. 7 to 10.

“This delay is nothing that we can’t work around,” said Harms.

The 1,000 seats will make the complex into a 7,000-seat arena.

This is part of a large expansion project that has seen costs rising. It is now pegged at $5.5 million, up from the original $4.5 million.

The upgrade also includes 13 more luxury suites and a 40-seat club suite. Those suites will still be finished by mid-December.

Harms said that construction timeline is still on target.

The project has had other delays since construction began in mid-April.

A new kitchen has also been installed on the lower level, an elevator shaft was installed in the lobby, and the new washrooms in the Parkland Pavilion are done.

A grand opening is planned for January.