NHL, NBC representatives visit Lakeview Arena

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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) Marquette's Lakeview Arena was named Kraft Hockeyville USA 2016 back in April.

Along with the title, Lakeview Arena was awarded $150,000 in upgrades and is hosting an NHL pre-season game. On Wednesday, NHL and NBC representatives visited the arena.

"October's going to be here before we know it," said Andrew MacIver, parks and recreation coordinator.

After two and a half months, preliminary plans for the NHL preseason game at Marquette's Lakeview Arena are starting to come to fruition.

"Today we're having a walk through with the NHL and NBC, kind of developing our layout for the facility, getting some of our plans in motion here," MacIver said.

Wednesday's visit focused on operations during the October 4 Buffalo Sabres and the Carolina Hurricanes pre-season game.

"Looking at seating, looking at where they're putting cameras, looking at locker room facilities, what they're going to use and who's going to go where and just all preliminary stuff just trying to get a handle on the game," said Doug Garrow, local organizing committee.

City officials say upgrades will be coming to the arena in the near future. Some of those will be needed prior to game day.

"There's going to have to be some updates to the facility," MacIver added. "That's mostly up to NHLPA standards, the Players Association, we have to meet some NHL-type codes, so we'll be working through those, but of course the NHL will be assisting with a lot of that."

The local Kraft Hockeyville organizing committee has big plans in the works for days leading up to the pre-season game. Right now, they say festivities will be starting the Saturday prior to the game.

"We're still organizing and meeting as a committee every other week and once we figure that stuff out we'll definitely get it out to the public," Garrow said.

With how things are shaping up so far, city officials say it's sure to be a memorable event.

"It's going to be great for our community, and it's going to be very interesting to see how our community comes together around this," said MacIver. "I'm sure it's going to be huge."

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