KITSCOTY ARENA BOARD
The Kitscoty Arena Board is a volunteer board which has been responsible for running the Kitscoty Arena since 1974. The Arena Board works together with the Kitscoty Ag Society, Kitscoty Minor Hockey, Kitscoty Skating Club, Kitscoty Public Schools, Village of Kitscoty, County of Vermilion River and the Kitscoty Arena Concession to ensure the doors stay open. The Arena Board is responsible for the utilities, maintenance, staffing, upgrades, concession, ice times and rentals. The money we receive to run the arena comes from skating fees (Arena fees paid by members of KMH and Kitscoty Skating Club), rink advertising, ice fee rentals, concession and grants. The Kitscoty Arena is owned by the Kitscoty Ag Society and the land which the arena sits on is owned by the Village of Kitscoty.
The arena concession historically provides over $33,000.00 profit for the arena and is our major source of revenue. Without the concession the arena would only be able to operate for 4 months in a year and it is also the reason why our skating fees are some of the lowest in the area.
Some of the recent projects for the arena include renovating the dressing room bathrooms, painting downstairs, electrical upgrades, renovating the men’s and ladies lobby bathrooms, addition of a caretaker office, and sound system upgrades, just to name a few. The great work done by our associations with the Danny Hooper fundraiser allowed us to match a $50,000.00 grant to pay for these current projects and some new ones that are in the works. The raffle tickets that have been sold in the past few years have provided approximately $22,000/year profit for the arena, again to allow for the renovations and upgrades to continue. Fundraisers continue to be a lifeline for the Arena and again help to keep it operating without drastically increasing fees to the users. The Kitscoty Arena is again undergoing some major renovations for the 2014-2015 year.
Over the past three years we have spent nearly $210,000.00 in the Arena with the largest expense being $95,000.00 for the new Zamboni. We have invested nearly $75,000.00 in the ice plant, electrical upgrades, ammonia detector, lobby and dressing room renovations, all which could not have been done without the help of everybody involved in the various organizations.