Irving Oil captures naming rights for Saint John field house

Long known as the Greater Saint John Field House, the Port City's new multi-sport facility has a new name. 

It will go by the Irving Oil Field House from now on after the company scooped up the naming rights for the YMCA-operated centre. 

Irving Oil contributed $2 million to the capital campaign for the $27-million structure, the largest field-house space in New Brunswick and one of the largest in Atlantic Canada.

The new name and sign were unveiled at a ceremony Monday outside the building in east Saint John. 

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"At Irving Oil, we see great value in new and innovative partnerships with organizations that share our company's goal of building strong, thriving communities," Irving Oil president Ian Whitcomb said in a release.

"We look forward to all the benefits the new facility will bring to our city, our province and the wider Atlantic Canadian region."

The 127,000-square-foot complex features two indoor turf fields, each measuring 60 metres by 30 metres, a 200-metre indoor track, a fitness centre and change rooms, a child-care centre and a Newcomer Connections service.

Most of the complex was opened Monday except for the track and field area, which is set to open in mid-October. The child-care centre opened Sept. 3.

"This is a monumental day for the field house project, and for our surrounding communities," said Bill MacMackin, president of the field house project committee.

"The Irving Oil Field House will deliver a world-class experience for members while leaving a lasting positive impact on all the young people the facility will support."