City and Cougars Partner on Upgrades
Prince George, B.C. – The City of Prince George and the Prince George Cougars can boast to having a great relationship which has seen the hockey club pump about $1 million dollars into upgrades to the CN Centre.
At a news conference this afternoon, Mayor Lyn Hall and Cougars President Greg Pocock unveiled the upgrades at the CN Centre including a score clock, which has all the bells and whistles of any score clock in the big leagues. But those additions came at a price.
The City had budgeted $390 thousand for a new score clock that was on par with what was being replaced. But the bids submitted were well over that amount, coming in at $546 thousand dollars. The City is picking up that tab , but the Cougars are paying for all the bells and whistles that weren’t part of the initial tendered plan.
But the Cougars didn’t stop there.
The organization also announced a new “Loge” seating section of 44 seats where fans can sit in comfort, have their food and beverages delivered to them and have access to the washrooms on the suite level
And there’s more.
Pocock says when he and his partners with EDGEPRO were discussing the add- ons to the score clock, Eric Brewer said there was no point in upgrading the clock if the sound system was ignored. “So all of our Cougar fans who have told us over the years that the sound system needed upgrading, we have heard you loud and clear” said Pocock. The Cougars have entered into a contract to have the sound system improved.
Another change will see new goal registering system installed, one that will allow fans to see the same view the goal judges see as the video of the goal can be broadcast on the score clock .
The team has also created a new space for the goal judges to relax before the game and between periods. The former broadcast booth for out of town broadcasters is being revamped, and the space next to the Cougars broadcast booth is being repurposed for the out of towners.
While praising the City staff for all their cooperation and the positive working relationship that has been developed between the Cougars and the City, Pocock also called on the residents of Prince George to do their part and attend some games and support the team.