When the doors of PPG Paints Arena once again open up for fans, it will look a little different.
Working with their partners at ASM global, the Penguins have been updating their facilities to make is as safe as possible during the global pandemic.
Drones with disinfecting technology will be monitoring the arena bowl, autonomous UV floor scrubbers will clean floors along with touchless faucets and flush valves in all of the restrooms.
Over 200 hand sanitizer stations along with other enhanced cleaning protocols being implemented throughout the arena.
“This has been a comprehensive effort by the Penguins and ASM Global staff, working with local health officials and other expert advisors, to ensure the safe return of Penguins hockey to PPG Paints Arena,” said David Morehouse, president and CEO of the Penguins. “These initiatives and policies will carry over into a post-Covid environment. We also have prepared for the return of fans with enhancements for a safe and efficient game-night experience, including mobile ticketing, mobile ordering and touchless self-checkout scanners for food and beverage.”
Getting food will also be easier with a major overhaul to their consessions areas.
Mobile ordering and self-checkout are just some of the improvements made in the food and drink department.
Another big upgrade will be the Rivers Casino and BetRivers.com sportsbook-style lounge in the lower bowl. Fans will be able to watch games live while being able to bet on games via their phone.
The new lounge is expected to be completed by the spring.
The Penguins smart phone app has also been upgraded and will allow mobile ticketing, a moble wallet and mobile ordering of food, drink and merchandise.
The Penguins announced earlier this month that fans will not be able to attend any home games in January, and hope to allow fans back in (at a reduced capacity) as soon as possible.