Athletes training at the WFCU competition pool prior to the FINA World Swimming Championships (25M). December 5, 2016. (Photo by Maureen Revait)

Dilkens Calls FINA A Success

The FINA World Swimming Championship is over and the WFCU Centre is being reverted back to an ice rink.

“Overall the event was executed very, very well. We had great comments, positive feedback from everyone who was involved in the event, the volunteers, the participants , the coaches, the technical officials everyone from FINA,” says Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.

Attendance figures for the six day event should be finalized by the end of the week. But it will still be some time before an audit and economic impact report will be completed.

“It’s going to take us probably 60 days I would think to reconcile all the different moving parts with transportation, accommodation, food and everything else that goes on. It’s a big event. It’s an $11.3-million event so there’s a lot to sort through,” says Dilkens.

The audit report will be made public when it’s completed. The city has also hired the Canadian Sport Tourism Alliance to conduct a study of the economic spinoff of the event.

Transformation of the arena needs to be completed in time for an event on December 27. The Windsor Spitfire’s first game back at the WFCU Centre is December 29, 2016.