Rockin’ arena opening in Vernon

There will be a rockin’ opening to Vernon second ice sheet in September.

The city’s newest arena is attached to Kal Tire Place and three days of activities are planned to celebrate its opening, including a concert by ’80s rock super bands Platinum Blonde and Loverboy.

Dean Francks and Calvin Cane of CFI Productions are organizing the concert in partnership with the City of Vernon.

Francks said the plan is to have a Vipers game Friday, Sept. 7, the full arena concert Sept. 8 and other events on Sept. 9.

“It’s bigger than just a concert,” said Francks. “We are promoting the grand opening of the second ice surface. It will be the first major event in that building.”

While all the details have yet to be ironed out, Cane said on Sunday Sept. 9 there will be live local bands performing at the new arena which will be open for the public to wander around and check out.

A large farmers market is also in the works for the Sunday.

Francks said Vernon has not had a lot of full arena shows over the years and he and Cane are excited by chance to “blow the doors off the place with a big rock and roll show.”

Concert tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. through

“We want to let people know it’s going to be a big three day event and more details will be coming out,” said Francks.

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