OTTAWA - From a new state-of-the-art video projection system to the "new" familiar face of Stuntman Stu as the public address announcer, the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club is pleased to announce significant improvements made to the exterior and interior of Scotiabank Place during the off-season, as well as upgrades on in-game production.
"This past off-season was certainly one the most active in terms of improving the complete game experience for our fans," said Cyril Leeder, chief operating officer of Scotiabank Place and the Senators. "Not only has our full-time staff taken over 3,000 hours of customer service and training courses, we have also invested significant capital in making Scotiabank Place more appealing, more comfortable and more fan friendly."
The upgrades to the exterior of Scotiabank Place are as follows:
Â· Scotiabank Place site: Site works, which include sidewalks, roads, curbing and landscaping, have undergone more than $500,000 in improvements this summer.
Â· New marquee: A new, distinctive triangular marquee, located near Highway 417, will be installed by opening night on Oct. 5 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Â· Gate 1: Action shots of Mike Fisher, Chris Phillips, Daniel Alfredsson and Dany Heatley will be featured at the main entrance, Gate 1. A new a fully lit sign says: Scotiabank Place - Home of the Senators.
Â· Player pennants: Pennants of all the players on the regular roster will hang at the main entrance plaza for a total of 80 featured on site and on the surrounding roadways.
Â· West side sign: A new lit sign saying "Place Banque Scotia" has been added to the west side of the building.
Â· Access to and leaving Scotiabank Place: Steps have been taken to make it easier to exit the parking lots. In addition, construction is underway to extend Huntmar Road, which will also assist in the traffic flow.
Fans will experience the following improvements inside Scotiabank Place:
Â· P.A. announcer: Renowned radio personality Stuntman Stu joins the Senators as public address announcer.
Â· Video projection: Scotiabank Place is only the second sports venue in North America to have a permanent video projection system, which is capable of showing action footage on the building's ice surface.
Â· Flatscreen TVs: Fans will be treated to top-notch broadcasts on more than250 new flatscreen televisions that have been installed throughout the concourse areas.
Â· Captain's Corner: The new Captain's Corner, located on the 100-level concourse in Tortilla Fresca's former digs, features the best arena eats from around the NHL -- Philly cheesesteaks, Buffalo wings and Forum hot dogs.
Â· Chicken Chicken - From the operators of the Pizza Pizza franchise chain, two stands have been renovated on 100 and 200 levels for the new concessions.
Â· Glass system: New glass has been installed at both ends of the rink. The glass will not only enhance player safety, but also fans' enjoyment of the game.
Â· Red on the 100 level: The 100 level has been upgraded with red tiles and a red bulkhead to better represent Senators colours.
Â· Club Red Restaurant: The former Club Scotiabank has undergone a complete transformation.
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