City Further Supports Friends Of The Bowl:

The City of Saskatoon further strengthened its partnership with The Friends of the Bowl Foundation (“The Foundation”) last week through the approval of $1 Million for the upgrades to the Bowl at Gordon Howe Park.

“City Council demonstrated its continued support to the football community by approving an additional $1 million dollars toward the Gordon Howe Bowl Upgrade capital project,” said Cary Humphrey, Director of Recreation and Sport for the City of Saskatoon.

The Bowl at Gordon Howe Park is one of Saskatoon’s notable sports facilities and an essential football venue in the city. The age of the facility, its community relevance, user demand for lit outdoor fields and rapidly increasing participation rates in football and other outdoor sport programs in Saskatoon signal it is time to renovate and modernize the stadium for the safety and benefit of the athletic community.

“This is a very positive step forward in the fundraising campaign, and demonstrates the City’s commitment to improving its athletic facilities,” said Bryan Kosteroski, Chair of the Friends of the Bowl Foundation Board. “We will continue our fundraising efforts to raise the $11 Million needed to create a revitalized landmark for our city’s athletes.”

“Given that the Bowl is a civic facility, we’ve always seen the City of Saskatoon as a key partner in the project,” said Greg Yuel. “The Friends of the Bowl Foundation are doing an excellent job of managing the fundraising campaign, and I am pleased to see the City provide a sizeable contribution to the campaign.”

The approval of the $1 Million in the 2014 budget adds to the $650,000 already committed by the City of Saskatoon, for a total of $1.65 Million to date. These funds will be used for the installation of artificial turf and an upgraded scoreboard, sound system and new lights for the 2014 football season.

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