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.

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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.