LEC Holiday Calendar Full of Events
Dec 13, 2012
In the past two weeks, the Langley Events Centre has hosted over 9,000 people at the facility (accounting for ticketed events only), welcoming some of the best in professional and amateur sports to the facility. The hectic schedule started December 1st when the LEC opened its doors for the Holiday Festival on Ice and 2012 Tsumura Basketball Invitational (‘TBI’). That same day the Fraser Valley Italo-Canadians hosted their annual Christmas Banquet.
The Holiday Festival on Ice, which featured Kurt Browning, Elvis Stojko, Joannie Rochette, to name a few, drew a crowd of 3102 to the LEC Arena Bowl. At the same time, the Fraser Valley Italo-Canadians Christmas Banquet had over 300 people in the Christmas spirit in the LEC Banquet Hall. Not to be outdone, a crowd of 1322 watched the number two ranked team in US high school basketball (recently, Findlay was moved to number one in the rankings by USA Today), Findlay Prep, showcase their incredible athleticism in a 118-55 victory of local school Walnut Grove (ranked number one in BC). The Findlay and Walnut Grove game was actually the second game of the TBI as Sir Winston Churchill defeated Terry Fox 88-55 in the event’s opener. Just as both events were ending, Langley Gymnastics annual fundraiser, Operation Red Nose, kicked off in the LEC parking lot helping truly showcase the versatility of the facility.
The fun continued Sunday, December 2 as the Canadian Cancer Society welcomed 312 people to the LEC for their annual Relay for Life Skate with Santa. Guests were treated to a special surprise when they arrived when, in addition to Santa Claus’ presence, Sinead Kerr, John Kerr and Kimmie Meissner (skaters from the Holiday Festival on Ice) were at the LEC practicing and came up for pancake breakfast and autographs.
The TBI continued on Sunday as well, with four of the top ranked girls’ teams in the province squaring off, Findlay playing White Rock Christian Academy and Walnut Grove playing WJ Mouat. Oak Bay (ranked number 2) defeated Riverside (ranked number 6) in a nail biter by the score of 51-49. In the second girls’ game, local school Brookswood (ranked number 2) knocked off the number 1 ranked team from South Kamloops by a score of 71-58. In the day’s feature game, Findlay Prep continued their high flying ways and defeated White Rock Christian (ranked number 4 in BC) by a score of 108-40 as the visitors from Las Vegas, Nevada were too much to handle. The last game of the TBI gave Walnut Grove a chance to show why they are ranked number one as they cruised, on the heels of a 44 point performance by Jaden Cohee, to an 82-58 win over WJ Mouat.
It wasn’t long after the Findlay Prep Pilots boarded their plane for Las Vegas that National Lacrosse League teams from Calgary and Colorado landed in Vancouver on their way to the LEC to take part in the 2nd Annual NLL at the LEC. Professional lacrosse’s second game at the venue was another success with 4112 in attendance to watch the Calgary Roughnecks rough up the Colorado Mammoth by a score of 20 – 11. Fans were treated to some dazzling plays by some of the most skilled lacrosse players in the world. In addition to the game, the weekend once again saw youth camps happening throughout the weekend where players ages six through sixteen were able to receive instruction from the professional players and coaches as well as instructors from the BC Lacrosse Association.
Just because holiday breaks will be starting for many, the LEC still has some great events to look forward to. Operation Red Nose will continue to run on weekends (Friday and Saturday nights; 9pm – 3am) the Langley Rivermen host four home games (including their annual Teddy Bear Toss December 14th) this month and the Fraser Valley Italo-Canadian Society is again hosting a banquet on New Year’s Eve.
December will also feature a new addition to the LEC event calendar as Wrestling BC’s War on the Floor comes to Langley from December 19th to 21st. The event will take place in the LEC Arena Bowl and will feature some of the best in BC amateur wrestling competing.
For more information on any of the events mentioned, please visitwww.langleyeventscentre.com or call 604.882.8800