Edmonton’s Red Bull Crashed Ice track ‘promises to be a doozy’

2018 Edmonton Red Bull Crashed Ice track bigger and better
WATCH ABOVE; Next week Edmonton will host its second Red Bull Crashed Ice event. On Wednesday morning, reporter Kim Smith got a sneak peek of the track and was joined by event producer Patrice Drouin to talk about how it's even bigger and more challenging this year.

With a new start location and longer track, this year’s Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton “promises to be a doozy.”

The track for final event in Edmonton was revealed by Red Bull on its website on Thursday.

A 3D rendering of the 455-metre downtown track showcases long downhill sprints, sharp curves and epic drops.

Construction on the track, which starts on Jasper Avenue and swerves through Louise McKinney Park, began nearly two weeks ago.

READ MORE: Construction of Edmonton’s Red Bull Crashed Ice track underway

The Ice Cross Downhill World Championship Finale sees athletes on ice skates race down a track made of ice. Racers can reach speeds of over 60 kilometres per hour.

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In 2015, the downhill ice race brought over 70,000 people to downtown Edmonton. The event also generated more than $5 million in economic impact.

“It’s an incredible marquee event for us to showcase Edmonton in the winter,” Edmonton Tourism’s Renee Williams told Global News last August.

“We saw huge draw for spectators when it was here in 2015, so we’re very excited to have it back in the city.”

The World Championship event rolls into Edmonton on March 9 and 10.

Watch below: Global News coverage of the 2015 Red Bull Crashed Ice event in Edmonton