Tsuut'ina officially opens largest sportsplex on a southern Alberta First Nation

Seven Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre is a 228,000-sq.-ft. facility

Brenden Crane is the Tsuut'ina Nation's project manager. (Mike Symington/CBC)

Brenden Crane is the Tsuut'ina Nation's project manager. (Mike Symington/CBC)

The largest sportsplex on a southern Alberta First Nation is officially open to nation members and the public.

On Tuesday, Tsuut'ina Chief Lee Crowchild declared the Seven Chiefs Sportsplex & Chief Jim Starlight Centre open — something he said was a long time coming.

"This is an open invitation to the city of Calgary citizens to come out and see what we have to offer," Crowchild said. 

"This has been the vision for all seven chiefs. All of us on Tsuut'ina are descendants of those seven chiefs, who always thought that this is a place that should be a place called home for the nation but also for the citizens of Calgary to come and be a part of this."

The 228,00-sq.-ft. facility includes two NHL-sized indoor rinks, a covered outdoor rink and a field house. Tsuut'ina Nation's new sportsplex is 228,000 square feet and took 2½ years to build. (Mike Symington/CBC). The field house can seat up to 5,000 spectators, while the ice rinks can seat 2,000 and 400 people, respectively. It also has a fitness centre, running track, dance studio, concession and office spaces. Ground broke on the building in August 2016, and it cost $58 million to complete.

"That was the nation's investment into the future," Crowchild said.

Matthew Achtymichuk