Oval closure extended

Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff

February 8, 2021

The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval is closed due to frigid weather.

Shutdown runs to Wednesday due to weather

Mother Nature is throwing a wrench into trying to have some outdoor fun.

Due to the extreme cold warnings issued by Environment Canada for Saskatoon, the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval has been closed since Saturday. Due to the continuation of those extreme cold warnings, the Oval will continue to be closed today, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Weather conditions will be re-evaluated on Wednesday and a decision will be made at that time about potentially reopening the Oval on Thursday.

Since Saturday, Saskatoon and area has consistently been experiencing temperatures of –30 C or colder with wind chill factors making it feel like -46 C or colder. Under those conditions, frostbite to exposed skin can occur in minutes.

Please take care out there. We can’t wait to see everyone back out at the Oval, when the weather heats up a little allowing it to reopen.