Kinsmen Field House

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The Kinsmen Sports Centre in Edmonton's river valley.

The Kinsmen Field House is part of the Kinsmen Sports Centre - a multi-purpose sport and recreation facility located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The land surrounding the facility is called Kinsmen Park or Kin Park.[1] Its namesake is the Kinsmen, a service organization.

The field house, was opened January 3, 1968 and was intended to be the first phase of a multifaceted Kinsmen Village that would eventually include an Olympic-size Swimming Pool and an indoor/outdoor performing arts theatre.[2] At the time of its creation, it was unique among such facilities in Canada and remains the only such facility in North America which is open to general use.[3]

Kinsmen Field House once hosted concerts by many famous artists, including Led Zeppelin & Vanilla Fudge (1969), Frank Zappa (1971), Manfred Mann & KISS (1974), Queen (1975), Wishbone Ash (1975), Rush (1977), Bob Marley (1979), The Clash (1982) & Billy Idol (1984).

In 1976, the Kinsmen Aquatic Centre was added to the facility to serve the 1978 Commonwealth Games.[4] Also added in 1992 was the Keltie Byrne Fitness Centre.[3]

The Kinsmen Sports Centre is owned by the City of Edmonton and operated by the Community Services Department. It was the competition site for the 2005 World Masters Games diving, swimming, synchronized swimming and table tennis.[4]

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Coordinates: 53°31′34″N 113°30′24″W / 53.52611°N 113.50667°W / 53.52611; -113.50667