Once pending renovations are completed at the facility, the St. Louis Blues could host an NHL All-Star Game at Scottrade Center.
The Blues have been working to bring renovations to Scottrade Center, and completed the first phase of those upgrades prior to the 2017-18 NHL season. Additional upgrades are expected to follow, and the Blues are putting themselves in a position to potentially host an NHL All-Star Game in the near future, as the team is bidding for the 2020 edition of the event.
When asked about the prospects of an NHL All-Star Game at Scottrade Center, commissioner Gary Bettman indicated that it was a possibility at some point in the future. Future renovations to the venue will need to be completed, but the Blues are hoping that St. Louis will be able to land its first NHL All-Star Game since 1988. More from The St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
“I think it’s fair to say if all the upgrades are completed and the money is put into the building as it needs to be, there will be an All-Star Game here,” he said. “I can’t give you the date, so I’m not making an official announcement or award, but there’s no reason we wouldn’t bring an All-Star Game here. We have some other commitments that we have to make in some other buildings, but if this building continues on the path it’s on and the things are done that need to be done, we’ll be here with an All-Star Game at some point. I don’t have any doubt about that.”
The Blues are bidding for the 2020 All-Star Game. The NHL brought its mostly annual game to St. Louis last in 1988, and since then has gone to a few cities, Montreal, Tampa, Los Angeles and now San Jose, which will host the 2019 game, twice since then.
The 2018 edition of the NHL All-Star Game was held at the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Amalie Arena, while the San Jose Sharks are set to host next year’s event at SAP Center.