Crews are in a race against time to get the Yardmen arena ready to host its new team this fall.
A massive renovation and expansion is underway.
And, crews have just over four months to finish it — so the A-H-L’s Belleville Senators can make their home ice debut.
Darryn Davis was on site today to get an update on the timeline… and the budget.
To sum it up simply the renovation and expansion work at the Yardmen arena is going as planned.
“Everybody’s been very cooperative and we have a lot of regional and local contractors involved and they’ve been pulling out the stops to make sure we’re on budget and on time.”
The 20 million dollar renovation has seen the north wall of the arena knocked out allowing more seating.
The rink has also been changed from Olympic size to a smaller NHL ice surface.
Seating will increase from 33 hundred to 44 hundred
“And our non-fixed seat and standing room will be close to six hundred in that range so we’re going to be close to 5 thousand in terms of our numbers.”
For the first time the upper tier of the yardmen will also have box suites.
“We gutted what was our balcony seating, recon figured the staircases, we’re going to put in eight premium suites but we’re also planning for expansion there as well.”
Another two could be added if there is the demand.
Fluhrer says the cost will be justified by the economic impact the team and the expanded arena will have.
It’s expected to have a direct economic impact of 8 million dollars a year in the community.
“That’s based on payroll and expenditures of the team. Indirectly because of room nights and other opportunities people travelling here restaurants etcetera. ”
“The indirect impact from that will be between 15 and 20 million dollars on an annual basis.”
“Area residents will get their first chance to see what the newly renovated and expanded Yardmen arena looks like on November first at the Belleville Senators first home game.
Darryn Davis CKWS news Belleville.”