NHLer Alex Steen to build play facility in Winnipeg

Winnipeg-born NHLer Alexander Steen is building a million-dollar family entertainment centre in the city.
The 12,000-square-foot Great Big Adventure centre features a 3,500-square-foot play structure with five 15-foot slides. (Great Big Adventure)

Winnipeg-born NHLer Alexander Steen is building a million-dollar family entertainment centre in the city.

Steen, son of city Coun. Thomas Steen, announced his plans for the Great Big Adventure on Friday. The 12,000-square-foot centre features a 3,500-square-foot play structure with five 15-foot slides, and a hockey play area among other things.

The centre, set to open mid-summer on Lorimer Boulevard, one block east of Ikea, also promises a "cafe atmosphere" where parents can relax with a cup of coffee and baked goods from Stella’s Bakery, according to a news release.

"Winnipeg is a very special place. The community was very good to me and the city was de­finitely a major contributor to my success," said Steen, a 29-year-old forward with the St. Louis Blues, who will own the facility.

"It’s so important for me to invest back into the community. With Great Big Adventure, I wanted to create an inviting environment to give kids the chance to grow, learn and play."