Storms Cause Flooding In OKC Arena

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Oklahoma just can't catch a break with the weather lately. Another round of severe weather has spawned tornadoes in a region that has already been so horribly affect by the Moore tornado. The heavy rains also made a mess of the Cox Convention Center, home of the Edmonton Oilers farm team, the Oklahoma City Barons.

A player tweeted out a photo of the flooded home team locker room. Also a photo has surfaced showing a flooded main concourse.

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Summer Of Arena Upgrades

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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]

New Tournament Begins This Afternoon

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We tried this with last year's ices and the tournament started off doing well but the votes slowed about halfway through. I had not planned to do another one but considering the last one took place during the lockout, I thought maybe it might be worth trying one more time. This time however, it will not just be two teams facing off against each other. This means there will not be nearly as many polls in each round so hopefully boredom will not set in.

This time the format will start with a poll for each division where you can vote for your favorite ice out of the 5 teams within that division. Round 2 will be the 3 winners from the western conference facing each other and the same for the east. Finally we will have the west meet the east for the championship.

It is a much faster tournament and will allow for 3 days per poll instead of 1 as we did in the previous poll. First poll will be up this afternoon!