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Wood Buffalo Bidding For 2022 Arctic Winter Games

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Wood Buffalo Bidding For 2022 Arctic Winter Games

Opening Ceremony for 2018 Alberta Winter Games // Brandon Piper - Harvard Broadcasting

Wood Buffalo is putting in a bid to host an international competition.

Council approved a recommendation on Tuesday to put the municipality’s name forward to host the 2022 Arctic Winter Games.

The region first hosted this event in 2004, followed by the western Canada summer games in 2015, and, most recently, the Alberta Winter Games back in February.

Grande Prairie, who hosted the 2010 Games, is the only other community showing interest.

The sporting event features athletes from Alberta, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Nunavut, Greenland, Russia, Nunavik, Norway, Finland, and Sweden.

The events range from sports seen in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. This includes alpine skiing, hockey, curling, basketball, and gymnastics.

The municipality will take $30,000 from the Economic Development Branch’s budget to cover costs for the bid and bid tour.

They’re also prepared to set aside a maximum of $4 million for the games if Wood Buffalo is chosen. The provincial government also plans on sending $1.8 million to the winning community.

As part of the bid, the municipality will be proposing holding the opening and closing ceremonies outside, even though the Games require them to be indoors. If this doesn’t work, they’re also pondering the idea of creating a temporary space for the ceremonies, however, this is expected to cost around $1 million.

Administration is also estimating the games to put roughly $13.2 million back into the local economy.

The municipality will have until November 30 to put in their bid. The bid tour will be held the week of January 13, 2019.

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