WATCH: The squash courts being used at the Canada Winter Games in Prince George have more air miles than a lot of people. Jay Janower explains.
As with any large sport festival, some of the biggest attractions at the Canada Winter Games are the facilities themselves.
One example? The glass squash courts, which have been placed in the Charles Jago Northern Sport Centre for competition this week.
They were designed in Germany and cost over $350,000 each. But it’s a Kamloops organization, Manta World Sport, that ships them all over the world for high-profile events.
“We set up right on the beach of the Cayman Islands,” said Brook Siver of Manta World Sport, who will be moving the courts to Toronto this summer for the Pan Am Games. “Here in Canada, by the far the coolest event is setting up right at centre ice, right on the centre ice dot on the old Montreal Forum.”
Siver says there’s just 12 groups of them in use around the world, but they’re always in demand because of their high quality: the 35,000 pounds of glass provide for a consistent feel regardless of where the event is being played.
“The front wall and the rear wall, it’s exactly the same,” says Siver.