MARQUETTE - Hockey players and spectators alike visiting Lakeview Arena in Marquette this season should notice some changes in the Russell rink.
Four locker rooms have been improved, a new handrail installed, a wireless radio system installed and the compressors' electrical system upgraded.
Marquette Facilities Manager Eric Stemen said the project, began in May and was completed at the end of August, costing about $200,000.
Lakeview Arena’s Russell rink recently underwent improvements, which included the new lights, ventilation improvements, new benches and new flooring in locker rooms, such as No. 5, shown here. The rink also had a new handrail and wireless radio system installed, plus improvements were made to the compressors’ electrical system. (Journal photo by Matt Keiser)
"That money came from a Lakeview Arena bond a couple of years ago when we replaced the arena roof, insulated the building, improved the boiler and replaced the lights," he said.
"We had a lot of complaints about the locker rooms and this is a real upgrade."
He said in locker rooms 5-8, lights were replaced, ventilation improvements made, and new benches and flooring installed.
"The benches are composite and the tile flooring is designed specifically for hockey skates," Stemen said.
In locker rooms 7 and 8, new stainless steel push-button showers with temperature controls were installed.
"The old showers were pretty rough. They were the originals for that part of the building (constructed in 1974)," Stemen said.
In all four locker rooms, epoxy paint was used in a two-tone color scheme of white and blue.
Stemen said handrails measuring about 130 feet long were installed on the east end mezzanine area to keep kids from falling.
"We also got a new radio system with wireless microphones," he said. "The old radio system was 25 years old and half the amps weren't working.
"The sound is now better, as different as night and day."
Electrical improvements were also made on the arena's compressors that Stemen said should make them "more reliable and help reduce energy consumption."
"If you had a power failure, you had to dial through the phone line (to begin repairs)," he said. "Now, it will all be through the Internet.
"It will dramatically reduce the response time for any issues."
Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251.