Canucks including VIP part between crew benches at Rogers Area

Rogers Area nonetheless has its authentic seats, however they’re set to be slowly changed.

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Sure, there are new seats moving into at Rogers Area.

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However don’t count on the one you’ll be sitting in subsequent season can be new. The season after? Perhaps. The season after that? Virtually definitely.

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Eagle-eyed followers attending live shows in latest weeks on the residence of the Vancouver Canucks have noticed black seats being put in between the crew benches, in rows 7-10 of sections 116 and 117.

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A variety of season ticket holders have informed Postmedia in latest months that crew ticket gross sales representatives have informed them that the crew is embarking on a multi-year renovation plan, which incorporates the addition of a 60-member VIP lounge beneath part 117, behind the crew benches.

Work is nicely underway changing the seats and setting up an unique member lounge beneath the stands.

Jamie Parmar is a long-time season ticket holder, with seats in part 117, however in row 11, proper behind the place the brand new seats are being put in.

On Wednesday night time, he attended a pick-your-seat occasion internet hosting by the Canucks’ gross sales workers.

“They’re anticipating to have this part prepared by September,” Parmar stated he was informed by crew representatives.

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New black seats are being put in between the crew benches at Rogers Area. Photograph by Jamie Parmar /Submitted picture

The brand new seats on show are a preview of what’s to come back. Within the affected rows of part 117, the brand new seats are wider and have cup holders. The seats in the identical row however in 116 are the identical width as the prevailing maroon seats.

These maroon seats are the unique seats, put in in 1995. The brand new black seats are slated to interchange the present inventory in phases over the following three years, followers have been informed.

The brand new, wider seats, are probably to attract lots consideration. The 60 new seats — 80 seats of the old-width have been eliminated to make approach for the brand new ones — aren’t low-cost: they’re being offered for a three-year time period, for $75,000 apiece; aisle seats are $85,000.

For that value, seatholders could have entry to each occasion at Rogers Area — hockey, lacrosse, live performance, what have you ever — in addition to entry to an unique lounge that’s being constructed beneath the stands within the house between the 2 dressing rooms.

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An ice-level VIP part like this, with entry to an unique lounge space, isn’t a brand new concept across the NHL: T-Cell Area in Las Vegas opened with such a setup and PPG Paints Area in Pittsburgh was renovated to incorporate a pair of comparable VIP areas.

Building on this new lounge started as quickly because the 2022-23 season accomplished, with proof of that work already evident when the crew’s last media conferences happened in mid-April.

The VIP lounge will characteristic a full bar and meals service. Primarily, it is a suite that’s being constructed at ice stage.

If you do the mathematics on what a pair of seats will now price for the brand new part, it is going to be triple what Parmar says he’s at the moment taking part in for his seats.

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The brand new seats are situated in rows 7-10 of sections 116 and 117. Photograph by Jamie Parmar /Submitted picture

However he can perceive why the Canucks suppose the idea goes to work. As a season-ticket holder, he can get entry to the Captain’s Room buffet, which is on stage 200.

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“It’s all the time jam-packed,” he famous. And he has additionally watched video games from the Membership 500 part, excessive within the rafters, which is extra of a lounge expertise.

Followers need extra than simply to take a seat and watch a recreation, Parmar believes.

When requested in regards to the new VIP space in addition to the plans to interchange seats past part 116 and 177, the Canucks declined to shed any gentle on the state of affairs.

We wouldn’t have something to say at this level,” a crew spokesperson replied in an electronic mail.

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