On Wednesday in Calgary the Western Hockey League announced that Saskatoon will be the host city of the 2013 Memorial Cup. Saskatoon beat out Red Deer and Kelowna who were also being considered. One of the big deciding factors to select Saskatoon as the host city was our recent track record of hosting major national and international events. Most recently Saskatoon was host to the 2010 Word Junior Hockey Championships which saw thousands of visitors from all across the world visit Saskatoon.

The tournament will be held on May 17 – 26, 2013 at the Credit Union Centre which has capacity for 15,000 people. The last time Saskatoon hosted the Memorial Cup was in 1989 when the Saskatoon Blades lost in the final in overtime. Because Saskatoon is hosting the event, the Saskatoon Blades receive an automatic entrance into the tournament. This also means that Saskatoon Blades season ticket holders will get first crack of tickets when they eventually go on sale.

Besides just the pure enjoyment of having the Memorial Cup played in Saskatoon this also means big benefits for Saskatoon businesses. Early estimates are that more than $20 million dollars will be generated in revenue for local Saskatoon businesses. Seeing major events come to Saskatoon like this just supports the positive and rapid growth of the city of Saskatoon. Saskatoon has a booming economy and the name Saskatoon is becoming more nationally and internationally recognized as a place for opportunity. This year alone I have worked with dozens of people relocating to Saskatoon from other provinces and even other countries. As Saskatoon continues to grow and develop the Saskatoon real estate market will continue to grow as well. We are one of the fastest growing cities which means we have a lot of new people moving here looking to purchase real estate.

Kari Calder
Saskatoon Real Estate Agent
Century 21 Fusion

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