The Rath EastLink Community Centre
I see the Boston Celtics lost their NBA season opener to the Miami Heat. Of course, Miami had a distinct advantage playing on their home court in the American Airlines Arena. Maybe the Celtics will do better when they play at home in the TD Garden.
I've never seen an NBA game in person. Angie and I have often talked about travelling to Toronto to watch the Raptors play at the Air Canada Centre. Of course, we'd like to time it to coincide with a Buffalo Bills NFL home game at the Roger's Centre, which is also home to the Toronto Blue Jays.
Neither of us are Leafs fans. However, if the NHL ever gets back to the game, the perfect trip would include a stop in Ottawa to see the Sens in action at Scotiabank Place before wrapping up our trip cheering on the Canadians at The Bell Centre.
We're also big baseball fans and would love to see the Cardinals play at Busch Stadium or Jim Leyland's Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park.
I hope you see where this is going.
Sports cannot survive without corporate involvement. Central Nova Scotians should be pleased and thankful that a successful business man like John Bragg sees fit to support a major project in a community where he made some of his fortune, even though he doesn't live here. It's none of our business how much he contributed to our new Community Centre. However, those in-the-know obviously feel the amount is worthy of name recognition. I respect that.
As for the name Rath being part of the official name, I couldn't be more pleased. No one in my memory has done more for the betterment of sports in our area than Stu Rath. There's no doubt in my mind that Stuart has contributed much more to the project than most of us will ever earn in a lifetime. In addition, he continues to own and finance the Truro Bearcats who, this season, are rewarding him with a success rate that has earned them the Canadian Junior Hockey League ranking of number two team in the entire country.
I'll admit that, at first, I was caught off-guard by the choice of name. However, very quickly, it all made sense.
Oh...by the way...I'm sure that everyone is aware that Truro's current stadium on Lorne Street is actually officially called the Colchester Legion Stadium. That's because Legion members were the ones who spear-headed a fund raising drive for that arena when the old Forum burned down in the early 1960's.
However, most people just call it the stadium.....and they can (and eventually will) call the new Rath EastLink Community Centre "the centre".
As the for outside appearance of "the centre", don't get me started. I think one of my co-workers describes it best when he calls it "The Bar Code".