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Family day to mark official opening of Nelson's Trafalgar Centre
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Following a $16.6m upgrade, the Trafalgar Centre's is ready for its official opening.
On Saturday, the centre will play host to a day of bouncy castles, face painting, and live music, as families are invited to come and explore the new facility.
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"It is wonderful to have the Trafalgar Centre fully open once more. We have a stronger, safer venue and that has been brought up to date and is significantly more functional and appealing for events of all sizes," Reese said.
The centre seats up to 2900 people, has a refurbished kitchen, and new cedar panelling in the northern extension.
The family day runs from 2pm until 7pm, and a screening of Disney's Finding Dory will be shown on the centre's big screen at 5:30pm.
The musical line up for Saturday includes the Nelson Brass Band, Nelson Pipe Band, Te Pouahi Kapa Haka Group from Nelson Central School and the Plinkers Ukelele Orchestra.
The Nelson Giants have already played a number of games in the new facility, while the Northern Building has been used for a building industry meeting, an awards ceremony for a local car dealership, and a Business After 5 event for the Chamber of Commerce.
The main auditorium will be used by Dave Dobbyn in April, Dr Hook in May, and Tommy Emmanuel in September.
Who: Nelson City Council
Where: Trafalgar Centre
Why: upgrade to strengthen the building and to make it earthquake proof
What happened:The Trafalgar Centre strengthening has been finished and it is now safe in case of earthquakes. It cost $16.6 million. It can now be used for a lot more different purposes. The main centre can now seat 2900 people. The Giants have already played and will be at the opening on Saturday. The opening will be from 2-7pm. There will be bouncy castles, face painting and live music. People can walk around and look at the changes.My Opinion
I think that in an earthquake most people who live near could use it as a shelter.- Caleb
I think it was better they built it up to be safe so no one will get hurt if there is another earthquake- Katie & Millie
I think it would be dangerous if they didn't build it up. It won't collapse if people are watching a game.- Micah
I think it is great so lots of people can come to different events to make money to keep making it better and safer.- Niall
I think if there is a rock concert on the walls might shake! Casey
I think it's good they have upgraded it so people can feel safe if there is another earthquake. Oliver
I wonder if Rock the House will do another show in the Trafalgar Centre.
I wonder if there is a fire next door will it burn down.
I wonder if there is another earthquake, will it damage the building again.
I wonder what sort of materials they used,
I wonder how many people can fit in.
I wonder if they have made the stadium bigger in size that what it was.
I wonder what they have done to change the inside.