PETERS – Cities, like individuals, can support both sports and the arts

Conceptual drawing of proposed PAC.

IT WAS INEVITABLE THAT, as the arts centre debate heats up in Kamloops, the comparison to sports facilities is made.

We are the Tournament Capital of Canada, after all, so we have stitched sports onto our identity as a badge of honour.

The comparison was brought into even greater focus this week as council gave the green light to a huge renovation for its crown jewel sports facility.

$13.5 million to revamp the Tournament Capital Centre seems like a pittance compared to the $70 million for an arts centre.

But it really shouldn’t come down to one versus the other.


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and newspaper editor. He writes five commentaries a week for CFJC Today, publishes the opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at

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1 Comment on PETERS – Cities, like individuals, can support both sports and the arts

  1. “The arts community has not yet convinced the public that the arts are for everyone, even though they are.“
    You are quite right with that statement James Peters. I am expecting a creative and flamboyant pro-PAC campaign at any moment…but disappointingly it has not happened yet.

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