Kamloops' Sandman Centre is slated to receive just over $900,000 in upgrades to prepare for hosting the Canadian Hockey League’s 2023 Memorial Cup.
Jeff Putnam, parks and civic facilities manager for the City of Kamloops, said the broadcasting upgrades will improve the experience for fans at home and abroad.
“As Canada’s Tournament Capital, we strive to provide the best facilities possible for our local, provincial and national sport partners to deliver memorable, quality events at exceptional venues,” Putnam said in a statement.
“Ultimately these upgrades are about providing an exceptional game experience to fans, whether they’re in the arena or watching from around the world.”
According to the City of Kamloops, the work planned for the Sandman Centre will help meet Canadian Hockey League standards for the Memorial Cup, but will benefit all events hosted in the facility that have a broadcasting component.
The upgrades, which will be installed this fall, will include game presentation systems, video production control room and video replay systems, broadcast cable infrastructure, and signage, sponsorship and distributed video systems.
The city said the upgrades will cost $940,000 including temporary dehumidification and air conditioning units for the Memorial Cup event itself.
The funds will come from a combination of the city’s operating budget, gaming funds, community works funds and the asset management reserve.
According to the city, the Memorial Cup event is estimated to have an economic impact of $12 million to $15 million.
In late May, the Canadian Hockey League announced the 2023 cup would be headed to Kamloops.
Kamloops previously hosted the Memorial Cup in 1995. The Tournament Capital lost out to Kelowna in their bid to host the 2020 championship, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Memorial Cup, presented by Kia, includes eight games payed over nine evenings in June 2023.