An excited  Peter de la Mothe from Penticton was the first Zone 2 (Thompson-Okanagan) athlete to carry the 2016 BC Winter Games torch into the South Okanagan Events Centre Thursday evening as the 2016 BC Winter Games get underway in Penticton. The SOEC event is just the first in four days of fun and competition for the young athletes.

An excited Peter de la Mothe from Penticton was the first Zone 2 (Thompson-Okanagan) athlete to carry the 2016 BC Winter Games torch into the South Okanagan Events Centre Thursday evening as the 2016 BC Winter Games get underway in Penticton. The SOEC event is just the first in four days of fun and competition for the young athletes.

March madness for SOEC complex

The SOEC and Penticton Trade and Convention Centre has welcomed a record number of people in first two weeks of March

The South Okanagan Events Centre and Penticton Trade and Convention Centre has welcomed a record number of people through their doors within the first two weeks of March.

“It’s been non-stop, just the way we like it,” said Dean Clarke, general manager and regional vice-president of Spectra. “Starting with the Kip Moore concert (Feb. 19), Penticton Vees final regular season home game (Feb. 24), BC Winter Games (Feb. 25 to 28), Harlem Globetrotters (Feb. 29),  B.C. Interior Division semi-finals, game one and two (March 4 and 6), Megadeth concert (March 5) and the 21st Annual Canadian Home Builders’ Association South Okanagan Home and Reno Show (March 5 and 6), we’ve welcomed over 35,000 people through our doors over past two and a half weeks. The diversity of the events, as well as the crowds, has certainly kept us hopping and we’re not slowing down.”

The 2016 Canadian Sports School Hockey League Championships kicked off yesterday and runs through Sunday. Tomorrow, the Penticton Vees look to clinch the Interior Division semi-finals versus the Vernon Vipers. It doesn’t stop there. This weekend, the City of Penticton hosts Rogers Hometown Hockey on the SOEC Plaza. Next door at the convention centre, the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Fair takes place on Saturday.

“It’s exciting for us to host such a wide array of events on campus, but  the most satisfying part of hosting these events is to see how well attended they have all been,” said Clarke. “Accommodations in Penticton are filling up quickly, the City is buzzing and attendance at these events has been record breaking. The 21st Annual Home and Reno Show reported a 25 per cent increase in attendance and the Megadeth concert sold out. It’s all positive.”

For a full listing of events, please visit www.SOEC.ca and www.PentictonConventionCentre.com.