By @StefanKubus –
Every September, both the Detroit Red Wings – and later the NHL’s top prospects – converge on Traverse City to signal that the start of a new NHL season is near.
But recently-implemented NHL safety standards require that every ice rink hosting events involving NHL players perform extensive rink renovations.
Centre Ice Arena was facing a $220,000 cost to ultimately keep the Red Wings’ training camp and NHL Prospects Tournament in Traverse City, events which also serve as fundraisers of their own to keep the cost of ice time as low as possible for all users.
The Traverse City Tourism group has helped with the cost, but the rink is still looking to raise a goal of $110,000. As of June 1, $29,394 has been raised. Those who wish to donate can check out the fundraiser campaign page on GivingGrid.
Per the Centre Ice Arena GivingGrid campaign page:
TC Tourism came forward with a generous investment in community benefit which provided the catalyst that the Red Wings needed to commit to returning to Traverse City for multiple years. With those two important elements in place, Centre Ice decided to move forward with the renovations which will make the rink safer for every athlete and spectator. Centre Ice will be one of only a handful of private-use ice rinks in the U.S. offering such high safety standards.
Centre Ice still needs to raise at least $110,000 for the necessary renovations. YOU SPOKE. WE LISTENED. LET’S WORK AS A TRUE TEAM TO HIT THE GOAL AND RENOVATE THE RINK!
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