NHL announced Thursday it plans to phase down its all-electronic arena in Detroit to 2026, but the league will continue to offer its NHLPA-regulated electric hockey arena to NHL teams for future use.
The NHLPA voted unanimously Thursday to adopt the proposal, which it called a “comprehensive approach to moving our team to electric by 2026.”
It called the plan a “historic moment” for the sport, which was created to allow the league to move more efficiently to the electric arena model.
“The NHL has been a leader in the transition from a fossil-fuel powered NHL arena to the world-class electrified environment it is today,” NHL executive vice president and chief operating officer Peter Quenneville said in a statement.
“It is a historic moment for the NHL and a historic opportunity for our fans, players, and employees.
The league will begin transitioning the arena to electric on March 2. “
We are proud of our teams efforts to support this plan, and we look forward to seeing it through to its end.”
The league will begin transitioning the arena to electric on March 2.
By 2020, the arena will have an energy-saving solar panel system, which will be installed on the lower roof.
The system will provide approximately 100% of the league’s energy needs.
“We have had a great partnership with the NHLPA and our fans over the years, and this is another step in that effort,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said in the statement.
“Today’s announcement is a tremendous step forward for the future of our league, and the energy and speed with which the electric electric arena is being installed will enable us to meet our ambitious goal to reach 50% renewable energy by 2020.”
The NHL also said the move will “significantly improve the league environment” and that the new system will “provide additional value to our teams.”
The new electric arena will provide the NHL with “a significant energy savings,” according to Bettman.
The league said the energy savings will not be affected by the city’s pending bankruptcy.
The Detroit Pistons will also be using the arena for all of their hockey games, as the NHL has not offered the team a contract for a team-operated arena.
Detroit’s team announced Thursday that it will not participate in the 2020 season.
The Pistons, which are part of the American Hockey League, are in the final year of a six-year contract with the team that has hosted games at the arena.