NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey

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NHL, SEC Commissioners Praise 1 Phase Of Scottrade Center Renovations

The SEC basketball championship is here next month, could an NHL All-Star Game follow?

February 09, 2018 - 2:29 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - After experiening phase one and seeing what the next phases have to offer, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman made a clear promise to St. Louis, Thursday.

“There will be an All-Star Game, I can’t give you the date, but there’s no reason we wouldn’t bring an All-Star Game here," Bettman says.

It wasn’t the announcement St. Louis was hoping for, but the statement did prove one thing. That the renovation of Scottrade Center is already paying off.

“I think the lighting is incredible, in terms of making a difference, makes the building seem more vibrant and alive, the video board is terrific, the ice is better," Bettman says. 

The St. Louis Blues hope to host the 2020 or 2021 NHL All-Star Game, after the three-phase renovation plan of Scottrade is complete. Bettman estimated the weekend event brings a $15 to $20 million economic impact to the city.

His visit to St. Louis was, coincidentally, the same day as SEC commissioner Greg Sankey. He was here taking a look at the venue for next month’s SEC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament.

“We took a step of faith five years ago and it’s nice to see that faith fulfilled," Sankey says.

he also stopped by the KMOX studio for his St. Louis visit and talked about the last time he was here for the Mizzou-Illinois Braggin’ Rights Game in December.

"The atmosphere for the Illinois, Missouri game was college basketball, that was a college basketball feel," Sankey says. "What it did show was the improvements in the arena are meaningful, the scoreboard update and the passion of the fans was great to see. And we look forward to seeing that in a few weeks."  

Phase 2 of the Scottrade Center upgrades will begin this summer and it seems like it will be just a matter of time before an All-Star Game in St. Louis becomes a reality.

"If this building, continues on the path that it's on and the things are done that need to be done, we'll be here with an All-Star Game," Bettman says. "I don't have any doubt about that."