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, part of Edmonton's city-long North Saskatchewan River valley parks system.[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), Kansas (1975), Gary Numan, Queen (1975), Wishbone Ash (1975), Max Webster (1977), Rush (1975, 1976 & 1977), Bob Marley (1979), Motorhead (1981), Ozzy Osbourne (1981), Girlschool, Iron Maiden and The Scorpions (1982), The Clash (1982), Billy Idol w/Platinum Blonde (1984), KISS (1985) and Uriah Heep (1986).

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/parks_rivervalley/kinsmen-park.aspx
  2. ^ "Kinsmen Sports Centre". Archived from the original on 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  3. ^ a b Edmonton Plus.ca - Arts & Entertainment - Kinsmen Sports Centre
  4. ^ a b "Kinsmen Sports Centre". Archived from the original on 2006-11-09. Retrieved 2011-12-08.

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