2017 SOBC Summer Games: Venues
Bowlertime and Falcon Lanes
5- and 10-Pin Bowling
This will be the last time that 5- and 10-pin bowling will be part of a Special Olympics BC Summer Games, as they are transitioning to be part of the winter sport competition cycle. Bowlertime and Falcon Lanes will help send these athletes off into winter competition in style. The 40 teams (200 athletes) in the 5-pin bowling event will be divided between the two venues, with Bowlertime as the primary venue; the 68 athletes competing in 10-pin bowling will just play at Falcon Lanes. Shoe and ball rentals will be available at both venues.
The 2017 SOBC Games swimming events will take place under the beautiful Kamloops skies in the Brocklehurst Pool on Kamloops' North Shore. This heated outdoor pool is a regulation 25-metre, eight-lane venue with starting blocks and touch-pad compatibility. The venue is adjacent to a park and playground for family fun between races. With 167 competitors from all over the province, this venue will be full of excitement.
Kamloops Golf & Country Club
The Kamloops Golf & Country Club’s highly walkable par-72 course offers gently rolling carpet fairways leading to smooth, contoured greens. With a pro shop, pull-cart rentals, concessions, and a full restaurant on site, the club will provide excellent facilities for the 40 competitors in SOBC’s largest Provincial Games golf competition yet. Spectator viewing will be permitted behind the first tee and last green only.
McArthur Island Park
Home to expansive fields, ample parking, on-site concessions, and scenic views, McArthur Island Park will host the 2017 SOBC Summer Games bocce and soccer events. The 16 soccer teams (192 athletes) will relish competing on the high-quality McArthur Island fields with their ample spectator seating, and the well-manicured grass on the bocce fields directly across from the soccer venue will ensure quality rolling surfaces for the 20 bocce teams (80 athletes).
Opening Ceremony and Victory Dance, Powerlifting, Rhythmic Gymnastics
Located on the shores of the South Thompson River, two blocks from the downtown core of Kamloops, the Sandman Centre is a 6,000-seat multi-purpose arena that is home to the Kamloops Blazers and hosts a wide range of high-profile sport and entertainment events. The powerlifting competition with 30 athletes and rhythmic gymnastics events with 72 athletes will be hosted on separate sections of the arena floor, divided in two by draping. The venue features ample spectator seating, parking, and guest services.
School District #73 schools - SKSS and JP
The 12 teams (120 athletes) competing in the second Provincial Games basketball event will hit the court in South Kamloops Secondary School and Beattie School of the Arts JP Campus (also known as John Peterson Secondary). The full-size gyms will provide plenty of spectator seating and excitement. These schools were also the venues for the 2015 SOBC Winter Games floor hockey events.
Tournament Capital Centre Hillside Stadium
Track and Field
The scenic Hillside Stadium at the Tournament Capital Centre is the home of the Kamloops Track and Field Club and the Thompson Rivers University varsity men’s and women’s track teams. It will be a hotbed for athletics excitement in the 2017 SOBC Games, with 131 competitors ready to run, jump, and throw. The facility boasts an eight-lane 400-metre rubberized track, dedicated jump and throw areas, on-site concessions, and multi-tiered bleacher seating for 1,800.
Tournament Capital Ranch
The spectacular setting of the Tournament Capital Ranch will wow the 12 teams (180 athletes) set to play at this new recreational facility. The expansive venue offers eight championship-quality fields, on-site concessions, parking for up to 350 vehicles, and green space for team tents, as well as miles of river views and walking opportunities.