Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bill Copeland Sports Centre

Last updated: September 27, 2022

On Saturday, October 1, the City of Burnaby will host a community celebration—including a special toonie skate—to mark the 25th anniversary of the opening of the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.

The facility opened in September of 1997 with seating capacity for up to 2,000 spectators. Since that time the arena has hosted national and international tournaments, including the 2013 Minto Cup and the 2019 World Ringette Championships, and serves as the home arena for the Burnaby Lakers Sr. A lacrosse team.

“When Bill Copeland Sports Centre opened in 1997 it established Burnaby Lake as the leading sports hub in our region, with world class facilities for a wide variety of sports,” said Mayor Mike Hurley. “As we celebrate the storied history of this facility with a special community event, we’re also looking forward to the exciting future of this area with the addition of a new arena and aquatic facility being built right next door to the Bill Copeland Sports Centre.”

The community celebration at Bill Copeland Sports Centre on October 1 will be from 12:30 to 3 p.m. The family friendly event will feature a toonie skate, arts and crafts activities, face painting and roving entertainers. Admission will be free for children three years and under.

Residents can learn more about the upcoming project to replace the CG Brown Memorial Pool and Burnaby Lake Arena with a new complex, which will feature an NHL-size arena pad with seats for 200 spectators as well as an aquatic facility equipped with a 50-meter pool, a 25-meter pool, a leisure pool and a family sized hot pool at

Learn More: Silver Anniversary Toonie Skate

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Chris Bryan
Manager, Public Affairs
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604-570-3616 | [email protected]

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