The town had hoped ice at the Ponoka Arena Complex would be ready in time for the Stampeders Junior B hockey team’s season home opener on Sunday, Sept. 22 but those hopes were disappointed.
Repairs were still ongoing and the game was moved to Rimbey.
“We anticipate both ice surfaces (large and small ice) to be ready by the end of this week,” said Sandra Smith, communications manager for the town.
“We advised all of our user group representatives at a meeting on Sept. 10 that the ice in Ponoka may not be ready by Sept. 22 and that they should book ice elsewhere in the meantime.
“We advised them at that same meeting that we could rush to try and have the large ice surface ready by Sept. 22 but the user group representatives agreed it would be better to wait until later in September to have both ice surfaces ready at the same time.”
Drop-in public skating and drop-in shinny hockey is expected to begin for the season on Oct. 6.