Funding undetermined for RBC Cup bid

Attempts to land the national junior A hockey championships in Vernon have created some stick-handling.

Attempts to land the national junior A hockey championships have created some stick-handling.

The Greater Vernon Advisory Committee is providing provisional support for the 2014 Royal Bank Cup bid, but politicians will not commit to a firm dollar figure yet.

“There are a lot of details we don’t know yet,” said director Jim Garlick.

The other concern is the bid committee must submit its application to Hockey Canada within a few days but the request for financial support only went before GVAC Friday.

“We’re only being given a day with their timeline,” said director Bob Fleming.

“This committee needs more than a day.”

And because GVAC is only an advisory committee, an actual decision on funding must be made by the Regional District of North Okanagan board, which next meets Jan. 18.

The bid committee is seeking free use of the Wesbild Centre from May 8 to 18, 2014, which would cost about $50,000. It also wants revenue from backlit signs sold to event sponsors and a share of concession revenue.

“The concession is one of the items that can make or break an event,” said Mike Lane, bid committee co-chairperson.

“All of the money goes back into the community.”

The waiving of facility fees is being sought to keep expenses low, but that has created concern for Gyula Kiss, a GVAC director.

“Eighty per cent of our operations and maintenance come from taxes,” he said.

“For those days, we’re losing revenue others would pay (for the facility).”

Mike Macnabb, GVAC chairperson, questioned why the event title sponsor isn’t more active financially.

If the RBC Cup does come to Greater Vernon in 2014, it’s expected to draw 3,500 to 4,000 visitors and have a local economic benefit of $1.5 million.

“There will be a lot of public relations value and tourism value that comes with an event like this,” said Don Klepp, with the bid committee.

“It will also provide a boost for local minor hockey and provide great hockey for local fans.”