Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Civic Center Renovations Update

Here's the latest pictures from inside the Civic Center courtesy

New wrap around seating in our "open air" facility. Hopefully we won't see the sky when the Edmonton Oil Kings come to town October 12th!

Workers continue on the East Wall

A shot at the opposite side where work on the lobby area continues underneath the existing luxury suites.
There was another tour yesterday for officials and other guests. My invitation must have been lost in the mail? To be honest, the City hasn't said much about the project except there will be "an enclosed facilty with a sheet of ice for the home opener".

I spoke with WHL Commisioner Ron Robison to get a few comments about the start of the new season.

"We couldn't be prouder of the work that's being done in the city of Swift Current and to the council and the mayor and entire community that got behind the project. Facility standards in our league are a very high priority and they've stepped to the plate." Robison stated on the expansion and renovation project.

The complete interview can be heard Friday night with our first broadcast of the season when the Broncos take on Regina in Kindersley. 7pm pre-game show, 7:30pm play-by-play.

Haven't had much info on the Broncos lately coming from the team except the Fan Bus to Moose Jaw for the Sept. 21st season opener is apparently close to selling out. At last word there were seven spots open. To jump on board call the Broncos office at 773-1509.

Another WHL blog to check out. Saskatoon Blades broadcaster Lez Lazaruk has entered the blogosphere. You can access it thru or from the Blades new-look website.

It's strange. Some WHL teams have embraced their broadcasters doing WHL blogs by providing links on the website while others have shyed away. I would categorize the Broncos slightly in the latter. Most NHL broadcasters are REQUIRED to blog about their specific team. For one reason or another, some WHL teams have remained under lock and key as far as information to their fans thru blogs.

This just in: They're not going away.

Not anytime soon anyways. I would suspect by mid-season more than half of the teams will have something similar to what Regan (Kelowna), Les (Saskatoon), Rod (Regina), and Andy (Portland). There are several other WHL blogs, not done by the radio broadcaster but by a member of their local media including Gregg Drinnan (Kamloops), Jeff Bromley (Kootenay), and David Michaud (Kelowna), ... did I miss anyone?

Hire local policy in Saskatoon??

In catching a bit of the Saskatoon Blades / Moose Jaw Warriors broadcast from Les Lazaruk on Hot 93FM I've learned that Saskatoon now has a total of 12 Saskatoon born players on their roster... 12! General Manager Lorne Molleken has put an emphasis on local players lately and as a fan how can you not appreciate that? You're cheering for your team, your city and some good ol' local boys. What could be more exciting?

Chilly in Swifty today with a chance of flurries... yes, it's hockey season.


Corey said...

That looks like A LOT of work to complete by October 12th wouldn't you say? Just to even close it in. Here's to prayin for good whether !

Corey said...

haha, I mean "weather" !