Lightning planning $40 million of arena improvements

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  1. LadyStanley

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    RFID coming to a jersey near you

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    Season ticket holders starting next season will receive a new jersey with STH patch, will have chip in sleeve to receive in-house discounts


    (So for those talking about offering in-game discounts on food and such, here's the technology)
     
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    Didn't knew that STH received free jerseys! :amazed:
     
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    Depends on the team. I'm guessing that there will be a number of sponsor logos on that jersey.


    The ECHL Stockton Thunder had a (replica) jersey give away on Saturday. (And they have another one coming up in March)
     
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    http://www.tampabay.com/sports/hock...uniform-new-logo-long-term-commitment/1148764

     
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    Good, I hope it helps sell more tickets there.
     
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    Owner & CEO on NHL Hour with Bettman.

    STH will get 25% off concessions, 35% off merchandise with the RFID chip in free jersey. (The new jersey distribution was done in part to counter complaints they were only upgrading the logo/jerseys in a cash grab.)

    Lots of the repairs/upgrades in that $40m including new readers for those chips. Including HVAC. (Poor circulation has actually rusted some of the seats.)
     
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    I caught a game in Tampa Bay and I was impressed with the building. I thought it was really nice. I don't know whether my opinion was skewed because I had been living and working in Central America for two years, whether I was just so excited to watch the Canucks after being away from Vancouver for so long, or whether it was because I was comparing it to the Panthers' building from the Canucks game there the night before, but I thought it was really nice. The organization really put a lot of effort into entertaining the fans, the fans were right into the game, and they had a beautiful HD jumbotron. It seems to me that they were probably one of the first teams to upgrade to a huge HD jumbotron.

    What could they be spending the money for improvements on aside from the system for the chips in the STH jerseys?
     
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    Probably refurbing box seats, maybe replacing worn regular seats, upgrades to Jumbotron and concession/eating areas-from what I've heard it doesn't take a lot of get into 10's of millions renovating arenas-particularly if it's extensive. Be nice to see before/after photos for comparisions.

    That chip idea actually pretty cool, I wonder how many other teams might do that-and those are pretty good discounts too!
     
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    Replacing every seat, new HVAC system, adding a 11,000 square foot "Party Deck", updated concessions, updated lightning.

    http://lightning.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=551400&navid=DL|TBL|home goes into more detail.
     
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    That's some pretty cool stuff they are doing to the arena(love the idea they are bringing in an organ).

    Good for the owners for doing this, helping to create "the experience" of going to the arena.
     
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    WRT arena enhancements...

    When SVSE/city of San Jose updated the HP Pavilion a few years ago, one of the not-that-noticeable changes was updating the ceiling support structures. This was to increase the "hang" capacity as many of the new/larger musical shows are really putting a lot in the rafters.

    So, to continue to be able to host these shows, they needed to update, or stop hosting those events.

    The Sharks big HDTV quality video monitor was installed (the first in the 30 NHL venues, IIRC).

    (This season they started replacement of the lower bowl seats. Next season, they'll replace the upper bowl.)
     
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    Nope. They showed one during the press conference and it was a normal jersey with nothing different on it besides a small patch saying "STH" in the upper right chest area. Unless they change something about it, us STH's will be getting the real deal :nod:
     
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    Congrats with all that stuff. I hope that Tampa Bay is the team that survives in US southeast.
     
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    http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=6091789

    And in the "improve the fan experience", two long time "team" guys get new titles, extend ties to organization.

    Phil Esposito, VP corporate liaison, and Dave Andreychuk , "VP of fans" (community development).
     
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    Because only one team can survive in the southeast?
     

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