It may take a few months to figure out how the Trevor Linden/Jim Benning /Willie Desjardins version of the Canucks will perform on the ice. Off the ice, the people at the former garage want you to be able to eat, drink and be merry.
In addition to construction in suites, a Loge Club and an office tower on the west side of the arena, the hockey club has invested money to make sure your food and drink needs are met.
Robert Bartley is the new Executive Chef. He comes to Vancouver from Maple Leaf sports and entertainment in Toronto where he was the 2013 Corporate Chef of the Year from Hospitality Magazine.
The team has a number of new concession options but they have not forgotten about the hot dog.
Steamer’s, named after former Captain Stan Smyl will feature a dozen gourmet hot dogs. Smyl’s number 12 is retired by the team.
Award winning bartender Jay Jones is the new Director of Wine and Beverage. The draught beer system has been improved. New draught lines have replaced the original system which had been used for almost 20 years. The Canucks are partners with the Labatt brewery. Jones hinted at possible working agreements with craft beer makers, but did not mention any of the brewers by name.
Jones has come up with four signature cocktails with names like the Negroni #16 and the Blue Liner.
For the first time, fans will be able to take a cocktail to their seats.
The West Tower is under construction. The first three floors are part of the arena, with expanded concession areas on the 100 and 300 levels. Extra bathrooms can be found on the 200 level.
The tower will eventually house the Canucks corporate offices. Residences will occupy the rest of the 24 to 26 story building.
The home opener is October 4th versus Edmonton.