Saturday , 16 October 2021
Reeve Greg Sawchuk, left, reps from Nova Mechanical, sponsors and builders of the VIP Lounge, and Mayor Gene Sobolewski at the Grand Opening.

VIP Lounge at RJ Lalonde Arena officially opens its doors

Reeve Greg Sawchuk, left, representatives from Nova Mechanical, sponsors and builders of the VIP Lounge, and Mayor Gene Sobolewski at the Grand Opening of the VIP Lounge at the RJ Lalonde Arena.

There’s a new place to watch hockey games at the RJ Lalonde Arena.

Located at the west end of the arena, the VIP Lounge is geared like a sports lounge luxury suite.

The renovations began during the summer and includes four large open windows and an open concept design to watch the games, witha raised ceiling, new flooring and a drink rail.

The grand opening celebration happened on Saturday night before the Bonnyville Pontiacs hosted the Grande Prairie Storm.

Norm Vallee, president of Nova Mechanical and Construction said the company is working to be involved in the community as much as they can.

“We’re doing anything and everything to be part of the community and we’re more than happy to sponsor the bar. I think it looks great,” he said.

Hockey fans can also watch sports during the intermissions on the TVs in the lounge, or order food, drinks, and popcorn.

The VIP Lounge will also be available for renovations for private functions.

“It’s an amazing transition from what it was,” said Reeve Greg Sawchuk.

“Having these giant doors and being able to hear the game going on, it’s a nice space now and I think there’s plenty of opportunities there to rent it out for special parties as well and it’ll be great.”

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.