CLINTON – On Monday morning, state Sen. David Valesky was at the Clinton Arena to announce the completion of upgrades that were made possible with state funding he secured.
The $250,000 secured by Valesky allowed the Clinton Arena to put in new glass and netting, and upgrade its refrigeration, electrical systems and locker rooms.
Valesky says the upgrades made it possible for the arena to compete for and win the Kraft Hockeyville USA competition. Back in April, the Clinton Arena won $150,000 in rink upgrades, and they get to host an NHL preseason game. The Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets will play at the arena Tuesday, Sept. 25.
“This arena is gem, certainly the village of Clinton and the town of Kirkland, it’s just a great place to live,” Valesky said. “Anything what we can do from the state perspective to enhance what we already have here, that’s what we’re about. Specific to this facility, how can we take it to the next level and make sure it continues to serve the youth in the area, which is certainly the priority … and I think we’ve been able to do that with this project.”
“It’s a big boost,” said Mike Orsino, general manager of the Clinton Arena. “We’ve got the mechanical capabilities now of brightening the ice, which we didn’t have before; maintaining the ice in warmer weather, without taxing the system. It’s kind of a really neat deal.”
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