Matt Moore, general manager at the arena, says a new dehumidification system to be installed this summer will keep the air in the rink clear of fog.
He says the system is currently under construction and is scheduled to arrive in Truro for mid-summer. He says it should take a couple of weeks to install.
“It won’t be an intrusive installation, it should have minimal impact on our services here,” he said. “The humid season for us starts in August so hopefully we will have it in and running for that.”
Bill Casey, MP for Cumberland-Colchester, announced $352,401 in funding for the RECC on April 19 through the Innovative Communities Fund of the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency.
Of that, $75,000 is for marketing and promotion of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge slated for the RECC this December.
The other $277,400 will go towards the new dehumidification system. The Municipality of the County of Colchester is contributing $166,400 and the Town of Truro is allotting $110,960 for a total of $554,800.
The RECC has been experiencing excessive moisture in the arena when temperatures and humidity are high. Clouds of fog over the ice and moisture on glass obscuring vision have forced cancellation of some events.
The new system will be able to remove the 600 to 800 pounds of moisture per hour compared to the 80 pounds per hour the current system can expel.
Bill Mills, mayor of the Town of Truro, compared the RECC’s wobbly beginnings to the birth of April the giraffe.
“People anticipated the construction of this facility and then they waited and waited and waited for it to open. In the beginning the giraffe was a bit awkward and it struggled – just like we struggled and now we are watching the facility grow up and develop and we will end up with something very majestic and very wonderful,” he said.
Casey stressed the importance of the facility as a tourism attraction in Central Nova Scotia.
“This facility is a big part of the tourism attraction here – it is definitely pulling in people from other areas, you have held some first class events here that just wouldn’t have been possible without this facility,” he said.
Christine Blair, mayor of the Municipality of the County of Colchester, was grateful for the federal help on the project.
“I’m proud to be part of such a collaborative effort that contributes to the wonderful quality of life we enjoy here,” she said. “The support of the federal government for these RECC upgrades is very much appreciated.”
Since 2013, the RECC has successfully hosted more than 30 sporting events, consumer shows and concerts with over 50,000 people in attendance.
Previous years, the World Junior A Hockey Challenge has generated an economic impact of over $3 million for host communities.