True North nearly complete $14M Winnipeg Jets downtown rink renovation

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WATCH: The extensive renovations at Bell MTS Place are nearly done. Global's Brittany Greenslade took a behind the scenes look. – Sep 18, 2017

As the NHL season draws closer, so does the completion of a multi-million dollar renovation at the Winnipeg Jets homestead.

True North Sports and Entertainment has undertaken a $14 million renovation project inside Bell MTS Place.

“The vast majority of the work is to improve the experience for our patrons,” Senior Vice President, Venues & Entertainment for True North Sports + Entertainment Kevin Donnelly said. “Improving mechanics of the building, making sure that the flow of the audience can move around more effectively.”

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The comprehensive concourse renovation includes new lighting, flooring, ceiling and signage.

A bar was added during the Bell MTS Place renovations. Brittany Greenslade / Global News

The organization is hoping to improve the flow of movement throughout the concourse by adding more than 1,000 feet of drink rails to the outside walls.

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There are now 430 updated television screens, including one above every single entrance to the stands.

“That’s 150 more than previous years,” Donnelly said. “The idea is to engage patrons no matter where they are.”

After the 2016/17 season ended, True North announced fans would no longer have in and out privileges during games. This year it’s hoping more points-of-sale, bars and concessions, along with the multi-million dollar upgrades will keep fans happy.

Since True North started initial renovations in 2012, $48 million has been spent. This off season alone nearly 100,000 man hours were put in to completing the upgrades.

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The project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the regular season on October 4.

Fans will also notice new food and drink options including three new bars and themed concessions.

True North has also added a number of new vendors including Freshii, Carvery & Meats and Gourmet Burger.

The renovations are part of “TN2020,” True North’s capital expenditure and venue improvement plan.

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