Arena in southwest Calgary reopens after roof repairs

The Stu Peppard arena closed in January when part of the roof collapsed in a snowstorm. Now, it's fixed and set to reopen on Monday.

Repairs at Stu Peppard Arena cost about $500,000

Calgary's Stu Peppard arena is set to reopen Monday after a January roof collapse forced it to close. (CBC)

A popular indoor rink in southwest Calgary reopens Monday after part of its roof collapsed in a snowstorm earlier this year.

The damage forced the city to close Stu Peppard Arena at 5300 19th Street S.W. in January, leaving hockey teams and other skaters struggling to find ice time at other rinks.

A city report found that melting and re-freezing snow caused structural damage to two sections of the roof. The repairs cost about $500,000.

The city also had a structural engineer inspect three other similarly-constructed, 1960s-era arenas to ensure they were safe.

The ice is gone for the season but Stu Peppard Arena is now taking bookings for summer sports such as lacrosse.

John "Stu" Peppard coached midget and juvenile hockey in Calgary in the 1940s, later becoming president of Alberta's amateur hockey association.