The changes include a retractable lower seating bowl that added 400 better seats closer to the ice, upgraded concessions from SMG and more. The state spent $1.5 million on the upgrades; SMG spent another $500,000 on concessions upgrades. From the Rockford Register-Star:
A Blue Flame Lounge with hardwood floors and big-screen TVs will greet fans as they enter the arena and rise up the escalator. Food and beverage stations that line the perimeter of the concourse have been freshened up with new countertops, lighting, kitchen equipment and digital menu boards.
A new point-of-sale system means you can — finally — pay for your food and drinks with a credit card at every concession stand. There are new food options, too, including premium hot dogs, tacos and churros and an Ole Salty’s Gourmet Potato Chip station.
Another signature upgrade is the Bud Select Deck, a bar and lounge — near the souvenir shop — with a white tile floor and decor that gives the look and feel of a hockey rink.
The changes will be on display during the IceHogs’ Oct. 19 season opener.