The Fort McMurray Oil Barons and Centerfire Energy Group (Centerfire) are excited to introduce – Centerfire Place – as the new home of the Oil Barons following a new multi-year naming rights partnership.
“The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has been our home since the inception of our business group in 2004, and has played a contributing factor to our success and growth over the years,” says Levi Snow, co-founder of Centerfire.
“Giving back to our community is an important part of our business culture, and we are delighted to do so in such a meaningful way.”
Centerfire operates multiple business units.
Based on the Fort McMurray 468 First Nation, Centerfire is a heavy equipment contractor primarily servicing oil sands operators in the region. Their services include civil construction, tree clearing and vegetation control, site and facility maintenance, and as well as pipeline integrity programs.
With the integration of their subsidiary companies – Alcor Facilities Maintenance, Club Industrial Trailers and Fort McKay Alcor – Centrefire takes pride in offering many services to its industry partners.
“The Oil Barons and the culture they bring to this community – from the Dream Home raffle to competitive and entertaining hockey – highlight key attributes of the strength of our region and ability to come together,” adds Neil Cheecham, co-founder and President of Centerfire.
“It is our pleasure to encourage the same with this sponsorship and trust. Centerfire Place will be a venue where the Oil Barons culture can continue and a place in the community that families can enjoy together.”
While the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the start of the 2020-21 AJHL regular season, a public celebration to mark the introduction of Centrefire Place will take place in the future.
“As a community-owned organization, we are excited to partner with another local company,” says Oil Barons President David Fitzgerald. “2020 has been a difficult year for many businesses in our region. The support we receive from our local partners makes it possible for us to operate.”
“On behalf of the Oil Barons, I would like to welcome Centerfire to our sponsorship team and thank the Casman Group of Companies for their many years of support,” says Fitzgerald. “We look forward to welcoming our fans to Centerfire Place when it is safe to do so.”
Built in 1980, Centerfire Place features a 1,533-seat arena, a multipurpose room, pottery guild, and a modern 147-seat amphitheatre. Since its original construction, the building has undergone multiple, extensive renovations and remains a modern, leading-edge facility.
In recent years, the building has hosted many premier concerts and events including the 2000 Royal Bank Cup, 2004 Arctic Winter Games, and the 2015 Western Canada Cup and 2015 Canadian Ringette Championships.
The Oil Barons look forward to hosting other events at Centerfire Place in the future.