Originally Posted by trueviking
little birdie told me that the MTS centre will be adding 500 seats (one row) this off season.
IS that the expansion Chipman was talking about in the Free Press the other day - adding a few hundred seats hanging off the 300 level? Think he meant hanging from the raftors above the 300 level when he said that by the way.
As for Quebec's arena, I think there are a few extra rows in the lower bowl and upper bowl so that's probably around a few thousand extra seats right there. Also, MTS Centre has twenty or more portals in both the lower deck and upper deck that enter into the middle of the seating area taking with it hundreds of seats whereas Quebec's arena has no portals - everyone just walks down to their seats from the open air concessions..kinda like the lower bowl at Investors Group Field.
Look at Pittsburgh's new arena. At first glance the upper and lower bowl don't appear to fit more people than the MTS Centre but it seats 3500 more. Just like Quebec City's arena there are probably a few extra rows in the upper and lower bowl and the seating is not interrupted by the portals.