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Surrey Positions Itself as a Premier Sporting Event Destination

Swimmer competing in a Surrey pool.

February 19, 2013

Surrey – The City has launched a new Sport Tourism Strategy designed to advance Surrey as a leader in the industry and premier destination for regional and international sporting events.

“Sport tourism is one of the fastest-growing segments in Canada’s tourism industry and provides many social and economic benefits to a community,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “We are building world-class recreation facilities that are attracting significant events and enhancing the sport opportunities available to our residents.” She adds, Surrey has played host to many successful large-scale events, including the 2012 BC Summer Games and Canada’s largest international softball tournament.

Through the Build Surrey program, the City is building several new national-class recreational facilities and sports fields, including two new aquatic centres. These new venues will further expand the type and number of sport hosting opportunities available to the City.

Surrey is currently home to nine community recreation centres, five ice arenas providing eight sheets of ice, eight outdoor pools, four indoor pools, 100 soccer fields, 94 ball diamonds, 75 public tennis courts, three track and field complexes, seven skate parks including a covered park, six cricket fields, four football fields, three rugby fields, and one kabaddi field. The City is also home to 13 artificial turf fields, the largest number of any city in Western Canada.

“We will continue to work with our community partners, sport organizations, and incredible volunteers to attract new events and invest in sport development, particularly youth sport,” says Councillor Linda Hepner, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Sport Tourism Committee.

Earlier today, Softball Canada announced the Canadian Open Fastpitch Society and the City of Surrey have been chosen as the Canadian bid City for the 2016 International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship. This event would be the first fastpitch world championship ever to be held in B.C.

For more information on the Sport Tourism Strategy, please visit: http://www.surrey.ca/files/Sport_Tourism_Plan__web.pdf.

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Media Contact:

Tara Foslien
Senior Communications Specialist
Office of the Mayor
604.375.4584