The City of Lloydminster is putting in a bid for the 2018 Saskatchewan Winter Games.
City council approved the bid at the council meeting on Monday, December 14, which carries a price tag of $900,ooo, $500,000 of which the city will be responsible for raising.
The city has previously run sports events like this in town, hosting the 1982 Alberta Winter Games, and the 2008 Saskatchewan Summer Games.
Councillor Larry Sauer says council felt it was important to submit a bid.
“Applying for the games falls in one of our strategic plan of being an event centre,” Sauer said. “As you know, in 2016, we have the RBC Cup coming up, [and] after that, we don’t have anything in the forseeable future. But I think the other part of it is… it gives us a chance to showcase our city, our facilities, our people and our businesses.”
Sauer also says that if the city wins the bid, they will be entitled to a Legacy grant, which can be used to upgrade sports facilities.
“We will be able to do some enhancements to some of the facilities, and by doing that, you’re also encouraging more people, when they see those… to get involved in those sports, and therefore, we can have a chance to enhance some of the facilities for the local organizations, especially where they maybe don’t have such a large membership.”
The bid will go to a bid selection committee, which will visit all cities that have applied, to make a final deicision.