© Cole Carruthers
Gainer the Gopher puts a smile on three-year-old Luke Turner during the YaraCentre's
Open House event of Friday.
Saskatchewan Roughriders, cupcakes and wide open spaces were on the menu for the YaraCentre’s Open House event held on Friday.
The event was offered to the public to celebrate and recognize the official renaming of the Moose Jaw field house to YaraCentre in recognition of its $500,000 sponsorship commitment over the next 10 years.
“It’s our official launch of becoming the YaraCentre and it gives the public the opportunity to come down, whether they’ve been here or not and see our new sign and get a feel for what Yara has invested into Moose Jaw, which has been great,” interim manager Kelly Millar told the Times-Herald. “We (had) some Roughrider players do some signings –– it’s a fun day to come down.”
Parents, Roughrider fans and children were busy using the indoor track and took the opportunity to throw frisbees and work on their soccer kicks.
“On weekends, they have a big jungle-gym and he really likes to use that,” Dave Dowling said about his three-year-old grandson Luke. “Its awesome, its perfect for everyone to use and should be used by everyone.”
Dowling said his wife has a season pass and his son takes advantage of the ultimate frisbee offered at YaraCentre.
“We come and watch the soccer, and they play soccer, too,” Toni New said about her two daughters Jordyn and Kallie taking advantage of the facilities. “They love to come and the chance to just free-run.”
Everyone agreed that due to our prairie winters and sub-zero temperatures, the YaraCentre is a perfect place to go for indoor physical activity.
“The best thing about it is when the weather is -48 C you have an indoor facility like this, whether it’s for kids, or sports or youth or whatever the case is,” Saskatchewan Roughrider defensive back Paul Woldu said. “You can get all different types of people at all ages for sports, events and fundraisers –– its awesome!”
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