Thursday, September 23, 2010

Perani Arena gets $1 million facelift

Firland Management, which assumed operations at the Perani Arena and Event Center early this year, today announced the completion of numerous projects undertaken as part of nearly $1 million in facility renovations.

Investments in the fan experience include updated food service equipment, refreshed concession counters, enhanced ice surface lighting, new concourse lighting, fresh paint and other aesthetic improvements in addition to nearly $500,000 in improvements to the arena’s roof.

“We will continue to invest as we work to restore Perani Arena and Event Center to a point of pride for the Flint community,” said Firland Management CEO Jim Cain, who oversees operations at the facility. “We promised improvements and we’re already delivering them in the aesthetics and functionality of the Arena. We’re confident the people of Flint and the surrounding area will like what they see.”

Perani Arena will host the opening game of the inaugural season of Michigan Warriors NAHL hockey in Flint on Friday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.

Concession and food service improvements are highlighted by new countertops, new display menu boards and new food and beverage equipment, as well as new point of sale stations. Roof work began recently and is expected to continue through October.

Additionally, today marks the launch of a newly redesigned website for Perani Arena and Events Center. Located here, the new site will feature information about the facility and about upcoming sports, entertainment and community events.

“Flint deserves a first class entertainment venue,” Cain said. “We’re investing in Perani Arena and in the Flint community to make this a destination for all kinds of events, from hockey games to high school graduations and from trade shows to consumer expos.”

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