A groundbreaking ceremony in Brandon on Thursday kicked off the start of construction on the city’s newest recreation facility.
The City of Brandon hosted an official ground-breaking ceremony to mark the beginning of construction for the Outdoor Field Sports Complex (OFSC), located at 1st Street & Veterans Way.
The Outdoor Field Sports Complex will include:
· a FIFA-sized soccer field with lighting
· 11 x 11 soccer fields
· a dedicated 9 x 9 soccer field
· a cricket pitch
· a field house to include washrooms, change rooms, concession, and multi-use space
· a maintenance facility
The Government of Canada is contributing up to $3.9 million, and the Province of Manitoba is contributing up to $4.1 million toward eligible project costs. The City of Brandon is contributing up to $3.4 million toward the Outdoor Field Sports Complex.
“Our government is proud to collaborate on projects that will improve the quality of life for Manitobans and support the continued growth of our communities and economy. This world-class facility will be a welcome attraction and economic driver for the City of Brandon and the Westman region and will provide our youth and sport enthusiasts with the opportunity to pursue their athletic dreams,” said Premier Heather Stefanson.
Brandon Mayor Jeff Fawcett calls it great news for the city. “We are excited to partner with all three levels of government to see the Outdoor Sports Field Complex come to life in Brandon. As Brandon is a regional hub for western Manitoba, this state-of-the-art facility will be a great investment for our city and beyond.”
Phase 1 of the project kicked off in January 2023 and rough grading of the site is underway. Phase 1 will also see the installation of a watermain, low pressure sewer, and land drainage, including a stormwater retention pond and flood control dike. Design for Phase 2 has been ongoing simultaneously, with the tender anticipated to be released by July 2023.