After two decades of staging the Canadian Arenacross Championship the Hellam family namely Jamie and dad John, respective owners and operators of both Nex Trax Entertainment & Future West Promotions have been hard at work re jigging this year's Canadian Arenacross Championships.
For the past decade Chilliwack's Heritage Park has been the host venue for the majority of the rounds and will remain the annual site for the first two weekends of the series in November. After the success of last year's expansion of the series to Penticton for the final rounds of Canadian Arenacross Championships promoted by RGibbs Promotions it was decided by John and Jamie to further expand the series in 2010/11 to new venues and a wider range of spectators in more communities utilizing hockey and concert style venues, something Future West has done successfully for the past 14 years in the UK with the British Supercross Championship.
The first new venue will be the Canada Games Arena in Grande Prairie Alberta provisionally scheduled for the weekend of December 18th and 19th title sponsored by Wesco Testing and Wireline Inc. and West Range Oilfield Hauling Ltd. The second new venue will be the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre home of the AHL Abbotsford Heat and will run on the weekend of January 22. The Abbotsford event will be held on the same weekend as the annual Vancouver International Motorcycle Show which is held at the Abbotsford Tradex Exhibition facility just a short distance from the Entertainment and Sports Centre. Penticton is back on the schedule for this year's series on the weekend of February 25th and 26th.
Because of the travel distance to Grand Prairie there will be two championships to be decided this year. The existing Canadian Arenacross Championship will consist of all rounds of the series at all venues including Grande Prairie. The West Coast Arenacross Championship will consist of Chilliwack, Abbotsford and Penticton.
Nex Trax' Jamie Hellam had this to say, "Chilliwack Heritage Park is a very unique venue and will continue to be the home of the Canadian Arenacross Championship. After much deliberation we felt the time was right to expand the series to premiere venues across the West Coast. It's only fair that we bring the series to the faithful competitors that come from the Interior and Alberta along with the help of my dad John and his vast knowledge of dealing with and organizing events in these type of venues we are excited to be moving in this new direction." John Hellam added "It's good to be expanding into new areas and taking the sport to new audiences. We have a lot of experience in these type of venues and are more than ready for this challenge.
On sale dates, rider information and track rentals for the 2010/11 Canadian Arenacross Championship will be available in the coming weeks on www.arenacross.ca
Canadian Arenacross Championship (Schedule)
Chilliwack Heritage Park
Round 1 & 2 November 5th and 6th
Round 3 & 4 November 12th and 13th
Grande Prairie – Crystal Centre, Canada Games Arena
Round 5 & 6 December 17th and 18th
Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre (Bike Show Weekend)
Round 7 January 22nd (Saturday)
Penticton – South Okanagan Events Centre
Round 8 & 9 February 25th and 26th