Two arenas renovated at the same time
The Ivan-Dugré Arena and the Philippe-Bergeron Arena will undergo a facelift at the same time. Starting in March, fans of hockey, figure skating and speed skating will have their usual schedules turned upside down.
A redistribution of the hours in the other arenas will be done in concert between the three organizations so as not to penalize one of these three sports. It will be prorated by the number of members.
“In the past, we have had to do the same exercise by taking over the service offer of each ice sport and if everyone works well together, there is no problem. But I do not remember if there were two arenas closed at the same time, “says Hockey Sherbrooke General Manager Stéphane Dion.
For a subsidy issue, the City of Sherbrooke had to make this decision in order to reduce the costs of the work done.
Some minor hockey teams may therefore see the number of practices drop somewhat during their season, as in the other two disciplines. However, the cost will remain the same, since the organizations’ budget will not change since these free ice-cream hours are offered by the Ville de Sherbrooke.
“This will be the only disadvantage,” said Stéphane Dion, hoping that the work will be completed early in the next hockey season, after the selection camps.
An adaptation among novices
With the introduction of the principle of half-ice during games of novice players, a problem of congestion was reported in the locker room of different arenas in Sherbrooke in the first few weeks.
“But the instructions are the same as in the prenovice. One parent is invited to accompany their child to the locker room and the two teams must share the same locker room to leave the other two free, “said Stéphane Dion, who believes that a lack of communication explained the situation.
“Not everyone got the information,” says the CEO of Hockey Sherbrooke.