Long-awaited C.B.S. arena opens its doors

Residents of Conception Bay South are taking advantage of the town's brand new stadium, which is equipped with an ice surface and walking loop.

Residents of Conception Bay South are taking advantage of the town's brand new stadium, which is equipped with an ice surface and walking loop.

The push for a new stadium began about eight years ago, when Tony Cronin and a few others began lobbying for a bigger stadium to accommodate the growing town.

"It's a great thing for the community. Back years ago we needed it for our hockey group … but to see all the people walking around, it's truly a community centre and that's what makes it so great," Cronin told the St. John's Morning Show Friday, during a special live broadcast from the arena.

St. John's Morning Show host Anthony Germain speaks with Tessier during a live broadcast at the new stadium 3:12

Cronin and others met with council and the provincial government several times, until it was announced several years ago that a new arena would be built.

The arena, which is located in Kelligrews, also has a warm room.

"It's one of these marquee facilities that you only get to build once a generation, really," said Coun. Darrin Bent.

Meanwhile, the Robert French Memorial Stadium will remain open.

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