WFCU Centre makeover: Hockey rink becomes competition pool

The WFCU Centre is about to make a splash.

The hockey arena is now all dressed up as an aquatic complex, courtesy of 1.4 million litres of water that just filled the temporary 25-metre pool in the main bowl. More than 1,000 world-class swimmers will compete Dec. 6-11 at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships.

“It has really dramatically changed the look of the building,” Don Sadler, the City of Windsor’s project leader, said Thursday. “If you walked into the concourse for the first time, you’d think this building was built for a pool, that it never had a hockey game.”

Construction began Nov. 11, with pool walls starting to go in Nov. 14. Once the liner was properly installed, it took almost 21 hours to fill the big tub.

“The water is crystal clear,” Sadler said. “There are no impurities in it whatsoever. It looks pretty nice.”

The Myrtha pool installation will be officially completed Friday morning, with operations director and former Olympic swimmer Kelly Stefanshyn taking the first dip.

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WFCU Centre makeover: Hockey rink becomes competition pool

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