City backs Gordie Howe Bowl facelift
Home turf for many of the city’s football players, including members of the Saskatoon Hilltops, will be looking a little greener by 2014.
Executive committee on Tuesday voted to create a foundation to raise money for a scaled-down renovation of the Gordie Howe Bowl.
“The administration has established a Gordie Howe Bowl complex foundation with the purpose of capital fundraising for the improvements to the (stadium),” said Cary Humphrey, manager of leisure services.
The foundation will be responsible for raising funds for the proposed $10-million makeover that will include an artificial turf to replace the existing natural grass, a sound system, lighting for the field and a score board, said Humphrey.
Although it is not yet known who will be leading the foundation, the city has set aside up to $45,000 to pay for start-up expenses, including hiring an administration.
If approved by council next week, the foundation is expected to be set-up by the fall and planning for the new and improved stadium, which will include a concession stand and track and field amenities, will begin by 2013, said Humphrey.
“If all goes well, I’d say we’re going to see new turf by the 2014 season.”
Humphrey added that in December, when the city reviews its 2013 capital operating budget, council will be asked to commit $600,000 in order to kick start the design process for the stadium.
“This way, when fundraising money comes in, we’re in a position to tender and make movements as quickly as possible.”