Saturday night in Cloverdale, fans will cheer on the stars of Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling, returning this weekend to the Cloverdale Agriplex, blushing with pride since its recent overhaul.
The ECCW is celebrating its 19th anniversary with King of the Mountain, April 11 at the newly-refurbished Cloverdale Fairground venue, which is enjoying a new lease on life after 30 years.
It’s the third visit for the pro-wrestling franchise.
The horse-friendly soil floor and dingy lighting are a thing of the past – the building underwent extensive renovations last fall.
Along with up to 1,500 in bleacher seating, a location near the crossroads of Highways 10 and 15, and plenty of free parking, there’s a cement floor (which immediately required mountains of dirt temporarily trucked in for its post-makeover debut) and LED lighting, improvements that have paved the way for hosting a variety of new events such as the ECCW match. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7:30 p.m. (For more info, visit http://shop.eccw.com/).
It’s a large-scale, pro-wrestling show where fans will also be able to grab a beer and dive into a burger as they watch the action in the ring while seated on bleachers.
Looking ahead in 2015, it’s clear the events calendar for the Agriplex is filling up. It’s hosting a major trade show next March, for instance.
Anywhere from 10,0000 to 20,000 visitors may descend upon Cloverdale later this week as the Agriplex gets set to host the B.C. Rod and Gun Show.
The rod and gun swap features new and used hunting and fishing equipment and runs April 17 to 19. (Friday from 4-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.)
There will be free 3-D archery, military displays, door prizes, draws, wild game burgers and more. For more information, visit www.bcrodandgunshow.com.
On April 26, the Cloverdale Agriplex hosts the Classic and Vintage Bike and Motorcycle Swap Meet and Show n’ Shine, which has made the move from Tsawwassen to Cloverdale. An estimated 2,000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected.
Lest the horse community feel left out, the world’s top dressage rider, Charlotte Dujardin, Britain’s “Golden Girl,” is hosting an exclusive educational clinic May 1, 2 and 3. (Tickets and info: http://scottphayes.squarespace.com/charlotte-dujardin-clinic).