Merlis Belsher Place is a new ice facility in College Quarter North East Precinct. This project will be a twin pad ice facility, owned by the university and operated by a third party operator. One pad will meet the needs of the university, and the other will be available to the public on a rental basis.
The facility also includes a double gymnasium. The two court gymnasium adds significant functionality to the facility. Huskie Athletics benefits through improved and more flexible court access for team and individual basketball practice. It provides potential for training camps (basketball, hockey, soccer, etc.) taking advantage of sport science, gymnasium, rink, fitness areas, all within one facility. Campus Rec programs would benefit by being able to offer a wider variety of evening activities such as badminton, pick up volleyball, or pick up basketball. The new courts will also offer increased opportunity for the Human Performance Centre, dance, club and fitness programs offered by the College.
The project is a high performance ice facility that meets the needs and provides a venue for:
- Campus recreation
- Huskie hockey, basketball and soccer
- Convocation ceremonies, exams and major events
- Saskatoon Minor Hockey and the wider community
This rink will replace Rutherford Rink, built in 1929, which has served as the home of Huskie hockey, student intramurals, community-based programs and league play for 86 years.
The ice facility is nearly completed and currently operational. The gymnasiums are expected to be operational in early 2019.