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Give it a couple years, but the battle to find ice for hockey in Calgary may soon be a little alleviated.

The sod-turning ceremony for a news sportsplex on the Tsuu T’ina First Nation took place Wednesday.

The All Chief’s Sportsplex will have two rinks, seating for 5,000 people, and other fitness facilities.

Spokesperson Kevin Littelight told City News, this will replace the former Sarcee Seven Chiefs Arena which closed last winter to make way for the new ring road in the southwest.

“It’s the biggest project, next to the road, to date and something to give back to the community, so it means a lot in terms of its sheer size and the positive impact on the community,” he said.
“A lot of our kids play with Calgary teams and Calgary communities and it’s quite a catalyst to keep us going as a partnership with Calgarians in building our sports spirit.”

All Chief’s Sportsplex is schedule to come online in 2017, with the full community centre project to cost about $48-million.

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