It's a big weekend for local hockey fans. The Erie Otters will hit the ice this Friday night, for their home opener.
The Erie Insurance Area has been under construction all summer, so will it be ready for Friday's big game?
The Otters say it will, and the season will start as scheduled.
And those with the Erie Otters say it's going to be an exciting season.
With some new players and staff, management says they're gearing up for some positive changes this year.
In terms of renovations, fans will see the same seating as always, those updates are another phase of the project.
But, they will see a brand new concourse and bathrooms.
And, in terms of off the ice fun, you can expect some improvements there as well. There's a new sound system, new music, videos and more.
"We're going to try to use those elements to entertain people a little bit more. A lot of it's going to come from the customer service end. We want to be really customer service orientated, we want people to tell us what they like, what they dislike, what can we do better here." Said John Frey, Director of Operations.
Also a heads up for fans for Friday. Get there early because parking might be tough. There are parking ramps at 8th and Peach and 10th and French.
And, the main entrance is still under construction, so there will be 2 alternate ways to enter the arena. Ticket holders with seats in sections 16-22 will enter at the south entrance, which is behind center field of Jerry Uht Park. Sections 4-10 must enter a north arena entrance off 8th street.