Transfer of assets allows Grande Prairie Football Association to focus on football

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The Grande Prairie Football Association is thrilled to return to football this week as the City of Grande Prairie approved the transfer of Legion Field assets from the association to the city.

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“We as a club and me as chairman have been working on this for two and a half or three years now,” said Bill Hansen, chairman of the Grand Prairie Football Association, who added “I’m glad it’s fact.”

The football association did not have the resources to pay about $120,000 in needed upgrades to facilities built in the 1990s.

“Our job is to provide football support in Grande Prairie, and asset management was not the best use of our time or resources,” Hansen said.

On Tuesday, the council unanimously approved donating Legion Field equipment to the city. The football association will transfer a scoreboard, media tower, lights and bleachers to the city.

Stephanie Cajolais, Director of Sport, Wellness and Culture Development at the City of Grande Prairie, believes using the amenities will help contribute to the only certified athletics facility in the Northwest region.

“Using this equipment certainly enhances the city’s ability to attract high-profile events to the region and promote sports tourism for the community and for the region,” Cajolais said.

According to Hansen, the original football club built the facilities, as at the time Legion Field was the only football field in Grande Prairie.

Hansen says that since then football in the city has changed. All of the original participants in building the facility have changed, and with the recent construction of the brand new Community Knowledge Campus West Field and Bleachers, facility management at Legion Field was not a core purpose of the association. .

According to Hansen, now that COVID is over, the association can “go back to fundraising and try to provide support for all the football in the community.”

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