Summer Of Arena Upgrades

Summer is a quiet time for many NHL arenas around the country. The ice is melted and the hardwood is stacked on pallets backstage. Concerts are often main excitement that these facilities see during the off-season. However a few arenas over the next couple summers will be full of men with hard hats and some new technology.

Xcel Energy Center -Possible upgrades in Summer of 2013 or 2014.
The Wild organization are pushing for some upgrades to its 13 year old arena. Some of the key problems with that place is the aging technology of its equally old scoreboard which they can no longer buy parts for.  The screens are too small by today's standards and HD is on everyone's mind. They are also looking into replacing the over 18000 original seats which have only had some minor TLC over the years. Other upgrades include more restrooms and concession stands, wider concourses, and more backstage area. With funding and priority issues still being discussed, it is unlikely that they will get to make too many changes this off-season. [source]

BB&T Center - Summer of 2013
The BB&T Center have chosen a company to produce its next scoreboard which will be unveiled this fall in time for the Panthers home opener. Season ticket holders will get the first peak at the board at a ticket event prior to the start of the season. According to Panther Parkway, "The newly proposed scoreboard will be 30 x 40 feet and was designed by Anthony James Partners. This state-of-the-art project boasts one of the first pitched-forward, 360-degree continuous primary screens in professional sports." [source]


Pepsi Center - Unconfirmed
Rumors have been flying that the Avalanche will finally be upgrading their aging scoreboard this summer. The reports first surfaced in January which you can read here: [source] Since then all news of a new scoreboard has gone silent.

Madison Square Garden - Summer of 2013
Phase 3 of the transformation is set to begin very soon. This is the final phase of the multi-year renovation to the "Worlds Most Famous Arena" and it is reported to include a new scoreboard and bridges that will run near the catwalk over the seating bowl. [source]
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