New sound system, expanded restrooms await Winnipeg Jets fans
Winnipeg Jets' Tobias Enstrom (39) and Kyle Wellwood (13) fight for position on day three of training camp in Winnipeg on Tuesday, January 15, 2013. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)
Published Friday, January 18, 2013 11:06AM EST
WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Jets will be pumping up the volume when they begin the shortened 2012-13 NHL season at home this weekend against the Ottawa Senators.
A new state-of-the-art sound system that includes six giant speakers has been installed at MTS Centre to ensure every possible sound reaches every eardrum with the utmost clarity and maximum volume.
Kevin Donnelly, general manager and vice-president with True North Sports and Entertainment, says the old system worked for previous smaller AHL crowds, but suffered during a full house for NHL games.
True North has also heard fans' complaints about bladder-splitting lineups for washrooms, particularly between periods.
The urinal count in the main concourse has been boosted by 21 per cent, while a previously closed-off corridor and stairwell to the largest men's and women's washrooms in the centre has been opened up.
The budget for all pre-season changes to MTS Centre is into seven figures, and Donnelly says reinvestment in the building will be a regular occurrence.