Centre Ice Announces Major Renovation Project

TRAVERSE CITY – Traverse City’s Centre Ice Arena announced Wednesday that it will be moving forward with rink renovations that have been mandated by the NHL for any facility that hosts NHL teams.

The renovations will cost $220,000, with an additional $20,000 annually in maintenance fees.

Renovations are set to being in May 2018, with an anticipated completion date in June 2018. Renovations call for the replacement of current tempered glass with acrylic glass, a cap rail system with built-in shock absorbers, curved glass at the benches and safety netting.

Upon completion, Centre Ice will be one of the few public facilities in the country to feature enhancements that will provide a safer environment for fans and athletes.

Traverse City Tourism will be a major contributor during the initial renovation.

“This is an investment in community benefit, not a donation,” President and CEO of Traverse City Tourism Trevor Tkach said in a release. “Red Wings training Camp and NHL Prospect Tournament have a significantly positive economic impact on the region. Culturally, the event has become a tradition for locals and visitors, too.”

With the NHL Prospect Tournament also returning to Centre Ice, the Detroit Red Wings and other participating NHL teams will be contributing funds to the construction project.

“Red Wings Training Camp and NHL Prospect Tournament have become cherished traditions for nearly 20 years, not only for the rink and fans, but also for the teams that love coming to Traverse City,” Executive Director of Centre Ice and Howe Arena Terry Marchand said. “It’s a great bonding experience for teams to leave their home cities to compete and train at Centre Ice.”

While there will be investments from Traverse City Tourism and NHL teams, more money will be required to fully fund the renovations.

“We will be reaching out to area businesses and organizations and welcome support,” Marchand said. “These upgrades will not only benefit the professional athletes that come here in September, but will elevate the experience for youth and adult athletes as well as spectators by providing a state-of-the-art facility with the highest level of safety and comfort for everyone.”