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Topic: The Official opening of the Keystone Center occurred on 2nd April 1973.
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Robert Booth

4/2/2012 7:51:28 AM
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The Official opening of the Keystone Center occurred on 2nd April 1973.

The Keystone Centre is a multi-purpose facility which has 415,000 square feet (38,600 m2) of multi-use space under one roof. The main arena seats 6,042 patrons.  
 
Ever since the days when the first Lacrosse players held practice sessions on Sixth Street, Brandon has been known as a Sporting city. Over the years countless athletes have started their careers in Brandon in numerous sporting disciplines.  
 
On the occasion of the opening, the assembly present included many dignitaries among who were, Governor-General Roland Mitchener who officially opened the Center, James Richardson, Minister of Supply and Services who delivered one of the Addresses, also seated on the Dais were Doug Lawson: Eugene Whelan, Minister of Agriculture: Len Evans Minister of Industry and Commerce: William K. Wilton, Mayor of Brandon: Mrs. McKeag Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba: Mrs Mitchener: Mr. Fred McGuiness: James Moffatt President of the Provincial Exhibition: and Lieutenant Colonel W. Manson Head of Shilo Army Base Commander.  
 
Since the inaugural Opening, the Center has seen numerous expansions, including the construction of a Hotel that incorporated the adjacent Manex Arena which is now a Restaurant called Aaltos.  
 
On 1st May 2007, the Westman Communications Group purchased the naming rights of the main arena, as well as the viewing lounge. They have named the Arena Westman Communications Group Place, and the Viewing Lounge the Star 94.7 Viewing Lounge.  
 
As part of a ten year agreement with WCG the facility underwent interior redesign in the summer of 2007. HD televisions in the concourse and two electronic reader board messaging systems were installed.  
 
It is home to the Brandon Wheat Kings ice hockey team, the Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba, and various other events and activities.  
 
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keystone_Centre  
 
Brandon Prospect of a City, by Mary Hume.  

 
 
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bigmoe

4/2/2012 8:22:40 AM
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Jul 2006
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was there

I was there for the official sod turning before construction. Many school children attended the ceremony on the grounds. Boy scouts were there helping to hand out official certificates that you had attended the ceremony. Me and my buddies would tuck the certificate under our jackets and then get another one from a different boy scout. I probably had 7 or 8 of them. On the 25th aniversary of the construction there was a ceremony and I hunted all around my parents house as I thought it would be cool to show up with them but alas I could not find them.


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