Okay Orono, it’s that time again – time to share the love. Winning the 2023 Kraft Hockeyville Grand prize is within our grasp. The winner will host an NHL pre-season game and receive $250,000 for arena upgrades.
Like many of you, I have fond memories of skating in the old ‘barn’ arena. Figure skating or playing hockey on cold winter days was often accompanied by snow coming through the roof. The year before being condemned the community came together making the necessary repairs to get one more season out of the old arena.
The new area, built in 1977-78, came with a price tag of almost $1,000,000.00 – $270,000.00 of that was raised through community donations. Fast forward 45 years and our arena is in need of some big-ticket capital renovations that are crucial to ongoing operations.