Cranbrook’s Western Financial Place must have a video screen by the 2019-2020 Western Hockey League season.
This from commissioner Rob Robison who says the owners all 22 league facilities have been notified they have two years to meet certain standards.
Western Financial Place is owned by the City of Cranbrook.
Robison explains the home of the Kootenay ICE needs acrylic rink boards and improvements in video and lighting.
“Those are the primary areas we need to have rectified moving forward” he reiterates. “I know there’s discussions taking place with the city on that, and we’re looking forward to understanding as to what schedule will to establish those standards. But, that’s a question to be directed to the city.”
The Kootenay ICE are the only team in the league without any video display in their arena.
“The standards are pretty straight forward. We’ve had real strong compliance across the league, many of the facilities have already completed those improvements,” Robison states. “The City of Cranbrook is fully aware of what those standards are and we’re hopeful we can move forward in a positive direction real soon.”
Cranbrook Mayor Lee Pratt says they’ve already made progress on some of the required upgrades as they converted the arena to LED lights in 2017.
Pratt adds rink board improvements and a jumbotron will be in the City’s 2019 budget.
Stay tuned for more reaction from Mayor Pratt on necessary upgrades to Western Financial Place.
– WHL Commissioner Ron Robison