Penguins announce $30 million upgrades to PPG Paints Arena

The Pittsburgh Penguins have revealed plans for more than $30 million in upgrades to PPG Paints Arena.

Two bunker suites at ice level and a VIP event-level club will be added to provide premium experiences for hockey fans and concert guests.

PHOTOS: Penguins announce $30 million upgrades to PPG Paints Arena

Construction is set to begin during the off-season and the arena should be ready for the start of the 2023-24 NHL season.

Other upgrades include two bunker suites next to the Penguins’ runway and bench adjacent to the Suite 66, the existing space honoring Hall-of-Famer Mario Lemieux. These improvements will increase premium lower-bowl seating, as well as dining and entertainment space, full-service bars and private restrooms, according to the Penguins. All three suites will have an exclusive view of the areas outside of the Penguins’ locker room on the event level.

The team is also building a new VIP event level club in the Penguins’ double-attack zone, with access to Section 109 for hockey games and premium seating next to the stage for concerts. The new club can accommodate up to 300 people, and converts underutilized areas of PPG Paints Arena into a large high-quality VIP event club, according to the release.

The final upgrade is to the in-game entertainment technology system, including a new 50-foot by 33-foot, center-hung scoreboard, about twice as large as the existing scoreboard, new LED ribbon boards, sound system and control room. The improvements include financial support from the arena owner Sports and Exhibition Authority.

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