Now it’s starting to feel even more real.
Moose Jaw Events Centre staff were hard at work on Wednesday afternoon continuing the massive retrofit of the arena for the World Para Hockey Championship, with work quickly transforming the arena into something far different looking than even a week ago.
The see-through boards along both players' benches have been installed, with plexiglass inserts allowing players in sledges to still see the ice despite their head level being below the top of the boards.
Work was well underway Wednesday to also finish off the board installation at the timekeepers benches, and even with some extra drilling and such needed to get things in place, work was moving along smoothly.
The next few days will see work begin in earnest with the ice surface, as the Warriors logo and WHL sponsor ads are removed and replaced with Hockey Canada and IIHF logos and ads. The ice will then be built up to match the synthetic ice surface that will be laid down from dressing rooms to the benches, allowing players to reach the ice surface while belted into the sledges.
Here are a few scenes from the work underway on Wednesday afternoon and be sure to check back for more as the retrofit progresses!