Oval closed for season
Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff
March 2, 2023
Thanks for making time on ice great once again
It was a great outdoor season for skating, but unfortunately, all good things come to an end.
The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval closed for the season today.
The crew at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex thanks all users that came out to enjoy the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval. The season was a memorable one as the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club was able to host its first long track meet since 2019.
This past January 14 and 15 it was great to see the Oval and the K+S Potash Canada Multi-Sports Centre buzzing with activity for the John Sands Classic Long Track Meet. The Lions welcomed speed skaters across the province for their annual home meet, and everyone that came out had an enjoyable experience.
Optimism is high that the success of this year’s John Sands Classic Long Track Meet will provide a base to be even better in future years and help the Lions bring other national level events to the Oval in future years. Thanks to practice sessions at the Oval, Lions speed skaters were able to achieve new performance bests at various national events.
Public skating sessions were popular once again. People seemed to enjoy the serene atmosphere at the Oval during those sessions.
You, the skaters that came out from the community, did an outstanding job making time spent at the Oval great for everyone. The staff at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex appreciates everything you did for the success of the skating season.
We look forward to the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval’s return next winter and making the next skating season even better.