From major agricultural shows to hockey and curling and all forms of events in between, Brandon’s Keystone Centre has served as a major hub of recreation, meeting and economic activity for the entire Westman region since its initial opening.
I was fortunate to have been given the opportunity recently to make the rounds through the interconnected facility’s seemingly endless halls with the mission of capturing a series interactive panoramic images that together would make up a virtual tour that showcases Manitoba’s finest event facility.
The nearly 40 scenes that make up that tour can be perused using the interactive image below. Beginning at the top of the East ramp you can enter the building and jump from scene to scene by clicking on the corresponding white directional arrows. Tap/click and drag within any individual scene to have a look around:
Click/tap within the image to have a look around. Click on the white arrows to 'walk' to the next stop on the tour, using the same white arrows to return to the previous scene where applicable.
In light of the ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, folks browsing above will no doubt have noticed that the Centre is setup with directional arrows, distancing markers and handwash stations at various points.
Though the cancellation of several planned events made for a quieter summer for the facility than would be typical, the fall season shows promise both in terms of bookings for ice sports and the readiness to make bookings that meet present health and social distancing guidelines.
The Keystone Centre first opened its doors in 1973, having undergone further expansions in each of 1982 and 1992 to the point where more than 500,000 square feet of multi-use space are presently featured under one roof.
If you found this series of interactive images valuable, please also consider checking out similar recent posts on the same format based on The Provincial Ex Dome Building, the grounds of the Riverbank Discovery Centre as well as the Virden/Oak Lake area's Eternal Springs. Though nothing is a replacement for the real thing, they're a great way to experience some of Westman's more prominent spaces during these unique times.