City congratulates Rockets on Memorial Cup bid
Hopefully, it’s déjà vu all over again when Kelowna hosts the 2020 Memorial Cup to determine the Canadian Hockey League’s top junior hockey team.
The Kelowna Rockets and the society created to pursue the event were selected today by the CHL as the successful applicant, beating out competing bids from Kamloops and Lethbridge.
Kelowna won the championship on home turf in 2004 when it hosted the 10-day tournament and its associated community events. The 2020 tournament will be held May 22-31.
“What a great win for Kelowna. We congratulate the Kelowna Rockets on their winning proposal to the league and we look forward to supporting them to develop an exciting community event,” said Mayor Colin Basran. “This is a great opportunity to once again showcase Kelowna’s excellence as a host for high-profile events.”
Mayor Basran attended the launch of the bidding process in Regina in May on behalf of the City of Kelowna. Since then, City of Kelowna staff have worked with the Rockets organization and bid committee to put all the elements of a successful proposal in place.
City staff will submit a funding request to support the event to City Council during budget deliberations later this year.
The society is also eligible for significant funding support from B.C.’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.
In selecting the host site, the CHL based its decision on a number of factors, including financial support, strength of the team, tournament facility and venues, community capacity, tournament development opportunities and community involvement.