As they prepare for their AHL debut, the Colorado Eagles are rolling out new Budweiser Events Center upgrades, including enhancements to team facilities.
Following the 2017-18 season, the Eagles made the move up from the ECHL to the AHL. The club was added to the AHL as the league expanded to 31 teams–the same number as the NHL–and will serve as the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.
With the move to a new league comes improvements to the facilities at Loveland’s Budweiser Events Center. Many of the areas serving the team have been expanded and upgraded, putting the venue in a better position to host a higher level of professional hockey. More from the Coloradoan:
In is a new, expanded locker room under the west stands with room for 29 lockers to hold a big and ever-shifting roster as the Avs top affiliate.
There’s a new coaches room, upgraded from a small (almost closet) to a spacious room with TVs, white boards and desks. The equipment room has expanded and there’s now a training room for injury treatment and recover.
There’s also a weight room under the east stands, the first time the Eagles have had a dedicated weight room….
“Heaven to hell to the NHL, here we are. Beautiful,” Eagles president and general manager Chris Stewart said. “The hell was when we ripped this thing apart. I mean, it was gutted. That was the tough part for me, that ripped my heart out. Now it’s like Christmas. Certainly the county was a big player in this and always has been. If we don’t have a strong relationship with them, this doesn’t work.”
The Eagles will play their first AHL regular-season game on Friday, when they host the Chicago Wolves at the Budweiser Events Center.