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Butte Cobras Renovating Ice Rink

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The Butte Cobras hockey club is making its new home in the Mining City.

This year the Cobras will serve as an expansion team in the Western States Hockey League.

And before the season gets started, the team is making sure its home fans will have one of the best game-day experiences.

"The Cobras are going to put on a real hockey show, just like the NHL," said Mark McGinnis with the Butte Community Ice Rink.

Here is where the Butte Cobras will show case their hockey skills.

Twist around, and here is where the team's fans will be having the time of their lives.

"The owner of the Cobras has graciously donated about $150,000 worth of upgrades to the rink to help improve the looks of the place, how it operates, and to get more fans in the stands," said McGinnis.

Right now the $150,000 investment is being put to work.

During the next two months, contractors will be working on huge renovations to the rink.

"We're getting a second deck for seating,” said McGinnis. “We're getting a beer garden. We're getting new lighting, new sound. Obviously, the crow’s nest above the player's benches for video and sound systems, and scorers stuff."

The rink will also feature a new lighting system that will rival NHL facilities.

And a spectator glass that reaches six feet tall, so fans won’t need to watch through the netting.

"It's going to be huge,” McGinnis said. “It's going to be stuff that we've been wanting to do for years, but we just didn't have enough money. We're an all-volunteer group. We barely had enough just to pay the bills. So now this is going to be huge and a better fan environment."

The Cobras are expected to start practice at the Butte Ice Rink in August with the season starting in September.

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