(Fort McMurray, AB, May 5, 2014) - The grand opening of the new Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy, a CNOOC Limited company, was celebrated May 2-4 with a full weekend of events, including a performance from Canadian rock icons Trooper presented by Cruz 100.5 FM.

“CNOOC/Nexen is a proud sponsor of the Anzac Recreation Centre and we were pleased to be part of the grand opening celebrations,” says Tony Mankowski, VP of Operations at Nexen Long Lake. “We’ve witnessed this Centre transform from bricks and mortar to a state-of-the-art facility that will provide increased community, recreation and athletic opportunities for the local communities. We hope this Centre will serve as a pillar of the community for years to come.”

The Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy features several amenities, including the Centerfire Fitness Centre and Christina River Enterprises Running Track, as well as an NHL-sized arena, field house, youth and child areas and more.

“We would like to express our excitement at being part of the grand opening celebrations of the Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy,” said Steve Jani, CEO, Christina River Enterprises, business arm of the Fort McMurray #468 First Nation. “We are delighted to participate in this new facility as partners in the Christina River Enterprises Running Track, which fosters the development of active lifestyles, a key component of healthy communities.”

The weekend kicked off on May 2 with the headline performers Trooper presented by Cruz 100.5 FM, and led into two days of events including a youth soccer clinic with players and coaches from FC Edmonton, a youth football clinic with players and coaches from the Edmonton Eskimos, a meet and greet with members of the Edmonton Eskimos Cheer Team, a community barbecue and a full slate of events designed to celebrate with the entire community of Anzac and the surrounding area.

“We are so pleased to be part of the grand opening of the Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy,” said the Centerfire Group. “We believe that health and wellness is a vital part of quality of life, and through our partnership at the Centerfire Fitness Centre we continue our commitment to improving the lives of our employees, their families and all the patrons of this incredible new recreation facility in Anzac.”

The new Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy has received a warm welcome from the community of Anzac and the surrounding area, with almost 700 new ONE Pass members enjoying the benefits of membership through the new facility.

“We want to thank the community for joining us this weekend to celebrate the grand opening of the Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy, but more importantly we want to thank them and all our partners and stakeholders for their incredible support as we bring a new standard of excellence in recreation, sport and event experiences to the Wood Buffalo region,” said Michael Cachia, Chair of the Board of Directors of the RRC. “On behalf of the RRC Board of Directors and all of our ONE Team members I would like to thank Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Mayor and Council for their vision in developing this facility and in granting us the mandate to operate it. I would also like to extend our thanks to our partners at Nexen Energy, Centerfire Group and Christina River Enterprises for their support of this new facility, and to Fort McMurray #468 First Nation for their commitment to purchasing ONE Pass memberships for their members. Finally, I must thank the community of Anzac and surrounding area for their tremendous support of the Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy.”

More information on the Anzac Recreation Centre presented by Nexen Energy can be found at anzacrec.ca.