MTS Centre Undergoes $6M in Off-Season Renos

When the Winnipeg Jets hit the ice tonight for their first exhibition game of the 2014-15 NHL season, MTS Centre will look a little different for fans.

True North Sports and Entertainment has invested $6 million in renovations during the off-season.

Two new restaurants and lounges have been added — The Tower and Heroes — while expanding the capacity of the Observation Deck Bar & Buffet.

Besides the added food options, TNSE has increased the washroom capacity in the 300 level concourse by 65 percent. Men’s fixture capacity increases from 36 to 75, while women’s facilities rise to 57 from 44. The arena similarly increased the 100 level washroom capacity in 2013.

A newly expanded balcony overlooking the Portage avenue atrium will be unveiled, featuring Local 204, a popular Manitoba-grown concessions which now has a second location in the upper concourse.

The main, upper concourse and Scotiabank Premium Suites will now open 60 minutes prior to the game. The Portage Avenue atrium, as well as the above restaurants, will open 90 minutes before puck drop.

The Jets host the Minnesota Wild at 7 p.m.