Visitors will find a sparkling clean facility, a new brand, and a fresh website when the Northwest Arena reopens for limited activities starting Wednesday, September 2.
“We cleaned 18-years’ worth of accumulated wear-and-tear on a building that was open for 365 days per year,” exclaimed Keith Martin. “It had never been done before!”
From March to July, a handful of staff thoroughly washed 480 sides of glass, sanitized 1,900 seats, power washed floors, and painted the rotunda and hallways along with locker rooms, walls around rink B, café, kitchen and Sully’s Lounge. They sharpened more than 400 pairs of skates. And, they installed cameras on both rinks to capture live action during tournaments and games, providing streaming capability through LiveBarn, a subscription-based, on-demand video broadcast service.
Reopening protocols reflect New York State and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines as well as recommendations for rinks provided by USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating. For the time being, groups and individuals may rent the main rink for low contact activities such as hockey clinics, drills and private figure skating.
Skate ‘n Shoot times will be offered shortly after reopening, by reservation only, and Backyard Curling leagues will resume Monday, October 12th with registrations to be announced in September. The walking track, Weight Watchers meetings, public skating, and ice bumper cars will be on hold, as will the reopening of the café and lounge.
For information about ice rentals, email Craig Hinderleider, director of operations, or call the Northwest Arena at 716-484-2624 during new office hours between 10am and 4pm, Monday through Friday.