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Media Alert/Photo Opportunity - Tom Graham Arena Complex Opening - 5/31/05

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Contact: Mary Anne Palmer, Managing Director, Richmond Hill Arena Association, (905) 884-1368

WHO?

Town of Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell & Members of Council, Richmond Hill Arena Association (R.H.A.A.) Board of Directors, Sports Hall of Fame Board of Governors, along with other guests of honour


WHAT? Will commemorate the official opening of the Tom Graham Arena Complex and the new Richmond Hill Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the 50th anniversary of the R.H.A.A.


WHERE? At the Tom Graham Arena Complex, 1300 Elgin Mills Road East (just west of Leslie Street)


WHEN? On Saturday, June 4, 2005
1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.: Speeches by representatives commemorating each event
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.: Ice show featuring a number of local figure skating teams
3 p.m. - 5 p.m.: Free public skating and a barbecue


WHY? The Richmond Green Arena originally opened in October 1998, with a second arena being approved in 2002 and renamed the "Tom Graham Arena" to honour the 28-year commitment Tom Graham has made to the R.H.A.A. Board and to the community. Upgrades have also been made to the lobby and front exterior of the existing facility. Other new features include an exercise room with ballet bars, meeting rooms with kitchenettes, a large coaches' room and a newer and larger pro shop.

The Sports Hall of Fame, which previously resided at Old Town Hall, will provide a more accessible and larger area to display photos, awards and memorabilia from Richmond Hill's incredible sports heritage. Previous inductees include the Dynes World Champion Fastball Team and World Champion figure skater Elvis Stojko.

The R.H.A.A. is, and always has been, a public, non-profit corporation run by a Board of Directors that operates arena facilities on behalf of the Town of Richmond Hill. The Association has provided ice time equitably to local organized groups for 50 years, as well as much needed services to the community.
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