Should Red Deer become the home of the Canadian Finals Rodeo, they want to put on a show that is first class and meets the expectations of the rodeo community. That is according to Ben Antifaiff the Chief Executive Officer of Westerner Park. Westerner Park and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce held a press conference on November 30th to reveal further details about their multi-year bid to host the CFR.
Further details about a bid to try and bring the Canadian Finals Rodeo to Red Deer starting in 2018 were unveiled on Thursday, November 30th at the ENMAX Centrium.
The partnership between Westerner Park and the Red Deer Chamber of Commerce had originally been announced back on October 19th.
Westerner Park CEO Ben Antifaiff calls it a multi-year deal which is very powerful for their community.
He adds, their proposal to the Canadian Professional Rodeo Association has really focused on what can be done to contribute to the legacy of the sport.
Antifaiff was asked if he was aware of any other cities who Red Deer would be competing with to host the CFR starting in 2018.
Red Deer's multi-year pitch to host the CFR has now been presented to the board of directors of the CPRA, according to the Westerner Park CEO.
He anticipates hearing a decision from the board as soon as possible.
When it comes to attendance capacity in Red Deer, he says they have agreed not to share details about that subject until a deal is announced with the CPRA.
This year's CFR was the final one at Northland Coliseum and it drew over 90,000 rodeo fans to that facility in Edmonton.
If it comes to Red Deer next year, Antifaiff says the Canadian Finals Rodeo would be held the week prior to Agri-Trade to create quite an exciting 10 or 11 day period in the region.