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New PoCo rec centre opens without change rooms for referees

New PoCo rec centre opens without change rooms for referees

Port Coquitlam’s new community centre has opened without separate change rooms for referees, breaking a requirement needed for local sports teams to play home games. Nadia Stewart reports.

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Port Coquitlam athletes have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the city’s new multi-million-dollar community centre, which will now be the new home of several local sports teams.

But the two arenas that opened last week as part of the centre’s first phase were built without change rooms for referees and linesmen — threatening the start of those teams’ home seasons.

Port Coquitlam Minor Hockey Association (PCMHA) president Kim Egli said she first found out about the issue on Aug. 28, a day after the centre opened its doors to the public.