PHOTOS: Check out the bells and whistles added to Westhills Stadium

Rick Stiebel/News Staff

Clusters of tradespeople buzzing around busy with last-minute preparations created a hive-like atmosphere for a media tour on Tuesday of Westhills Stadium.

The official opening ceremony for the newly refurbished, renovated and expanded stadium, as well as the opening of Sarah Beckett Memorial Playground, is set for Saturday, Aug. 24, followed by a Canadian Premier League soccer game between hometown Pacific FC and Winnipeg-based Valor FC.

Cory Nanton, manager of parks and recreation for the City of Langford, said Westhills Stadium is a central component of the city’s efforts to provide a great selection of recreational options for the community while providing sporting opportunities for youth.

READ ALSO: Inside the opening of the expanded Westhills Stadium (photos)

The original stadium, which held about 2,500 fans, had to be increased to more than 5,000 to enable Langford to continue to host Women’s 7s rugby events, and, with the addition of a new grandstand one end, it can now accommodate up to 7,000 for Pacific FC games. A lot of thought and preparation went into ensuring the expansion featured outstanding sight lines while retaining an intimate environment, he noted. The number of suites increased from 10 to 18. They range from $15,000 to $18,000 per season, and have already sold out. Unique glass partitions were installed between the seats to ensure the field can be viewed from all angles, Storage areas were included under the main bleachers that provide space for local youth teams and organizations as well, Manton noted. Wifi will be available at all events.

One of the challenges faced was adding power lines to an area adjacent to the field for a beer garden, food trucks and vendors as per BC Hydro’s stipulations.

Every decision from the location of additional men’s and women’s washrooms to water stations accessible by players and fans to where the vents for the concession stands would be located was carefully scrutinized, he added.

READ ALSO: Westhills Stadium to get more seating

Since the field will be used for FC Pacific soccer games, Rugby Canada games and Westshore Rebels football games, a new state of the art machine was purchased that greatly reduces the time and expense of removing and repainting the different configurations of white lines required for each sport.

Manton pointed out that an outdoor stage is being added to the side of the new grandstand in an area that can handle about 2,500 people for events such as concerts featuring local bands and other entertainment that can be scheduled when there’s no games or events going on in the stadium.

“All of the trades have been bending over backward to get everything ready,” he said. “We couldn’t have done it a couple of hundred people who deserve a huge thank you for their tremendous efforts.”

rick.stiebel@goldstreamgazette.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

VicPD confirms wolf sighting in James Bay

Police ask that children and pets be taken inside

VIDEO: Furry, four-legged donors make their way to doggy blood drive in Langford

WAVES and Canadian Animal Blood Bank host blood drive for dogs

Annual Salmon Carcass Transplant draws Saanich residents to Douglas Creek

More than 100 frozen salmon tossed into the creek as part of ecological restoration

Colwood hosts open house on future of Royal Bay community

Event takes place on Jan. 22 at Royal Bay Secondary from 6 to 8 p.m.

WATCH: Police warn car break-ins are on the rise in Greater Victoria

Residents can ‘take precautions to make their vehicle undesirable,’ says VicPD spokesperson

‘Presumptive case’ of coronavirus in Canada confirmed by Ontario doctors

Man in his 50s felt ill on his return to Canada from Wuhan, China

VIDEO: Drone footage shows extent of damage in Highway 4 rockslide

Tofino, Ucluelet still cut off from rest of the island, as crews work to repair roadway

People knowingly take fentanyl so make policy changes to reduce harm: B.C. study

Dr. Jane Buxton, an epidemiologist at the centre, says drug users need more resources,

‘My heart is going to bleed’: Bodies brought back to Canada following Iran plane crash

Remains of Sahar Haghjoo, 37, and her eight-year-old daughter, Elsa Jadidi, were identified last weekend

UBC grad and sister killed in Iran plane crash had bright futures ahead, close friend says

Asadi-Lari siblings Mohammad Hussein and Zeynab were two of 57 Canadians aboard downed Flight PS752

BCLC opens novelty bet on Harry and Meghan moving to the west coast

Meanwhile, real estate agency points to four possible homes for the family

Canada slips in global corruption ranking in aftermath of SNC-Lavalin scandal

The country obtained a score of 77, which places it at the top in the Americas

Wuhan bans cars, Hong Kong closes schools as coronavirus spreads

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam said her government will raise its response level to emergency, highest one

Most Read