Saskatoon, SK

Merlis Belsher Place

Project Details


$37.1 Million


September 2018


159,550 sq.ft.


Prime Consulting, Architecture, Interior Design, Construction Contract Administration

Merlis Belsher Place is a twin-ice, multi-sport facility located on the University of Saskatchewan campus in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The state-of-the-art multi-sport facility is the home of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies hockey, basketball, soccer, and campus leagues as well as the U18 AAA Saskatoon Contacts and Saskatoon Stars of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association.

The sports facility features two ice rinks that are designed for year-round use. The Main Spectator Rink is a hybrid dimension (200’ x 90’) that is 5’ wider than a standard NHL rink (200’ x 85’). The spectator rink has a seating capacity of 2,700 with the ability for future expansion to 3,200 spectators and can also be used for concerts, community events, and other spectator events. The main spectator rink features the Huskie hockey men’s and women’s suites, team facilities as well as the Huskie soccer men’s and women’s dressing rooms along with space designated for Campus Recreation. The Community Rink is a 200-seat NHL-sized arena that houses dedicated dressing rooms for the U18 AAA teams as well as 12 additional spacious dressing rooms for minor hockey and campus recreation teams.

The large two-storey glazed lobby is the focal point of the building, featuring a central reception area, a pro shop, concession, and a double gymnasium with twin NBA-sized basketball courts and Huskie basketball men’s and women’s suites. The upper level includes administration, the Ron and Jane Graham Sport Science and Health Centre with a high performance research lab, box office, concession, and a large lounge with views into the main spectator rink.

The building design incorporates local materials and finishes to suit campus guidelines and adjacent developments. The building utilizes in-floor heating which is integrated into the ice plant to capitalize on the excess heat generated which is then used to support heating for the facility.

The delivery of this project is unique as it brought together the University with the General Contractor (Wright Construction Western Inc.), an arena operator (Nustadia Recreation), and the design team (aodbt architecture + interior design, Architecture49, and WSP).

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