THE PLEXI glass and boards at Sheffield Arena have taken a bit of a hammering over the last 21 years.
Puck damage, stick scratches and full-body contact has rendered some of the plexi pretty difficult to see ice hockey through.
But a multi-million pound investment programme at the House of Steel will see that aspect and plenty of others improved.
Stage one of the operation, which is currently underway, will upgrade the Arena roof for the first time since it opened in May 1991.
The second stage, due to start in July, will see all 12,500 seats replaced with the same ergonomically designed seating that is used in London’s o2 Arena.
Steelers will face off next year with their fans watching through new scratch-resistant Plexiglas.
Steelers d-man Drew Fata said: “The whole Arena investment plan sounds fantastic and I’m sure our fans will enjoy the extra comfort of the new seats and surroundings. I guess it will help being able to watch all of the game as well through the new glass being installed.
“All of the Steelers believe that we have the best facility in the league, these improvements will just add to that.
“We want to be the best team playing in the best building. With the new video wall, the new glass, the seats it will be like playing in a brand new building. I can’t wait.”
Rob O’Shea, general manager at Sheffield Arena, said: “The investment plan will make a huge difference to the customer experience.”