With the start of the All Star Weekend just 7 days away, things are starting to get busy at Enterprise Center in St. Louis.
The first sign of the special event coming to the Gateway City came weeks ago when the All Star logo replaced the Stanley Cup logo on the front exterior of the arena. Fans briefly mourned the loss of the well earned decor but we ultimately knew that it had to come down eventually. It was time to move on and hope the Blues will bring back another championship very soon.
Following Wednesday night's overtime loss against the Flyers, Enterprise crews quickly began working on the ice.
The Olympia ice re-surfacers scraped the ice down to the logos which were then removed. Next they continued to scrape down until all other hockey markings were gone. Then it was on to the new markings and logos that will be used for the All Star weekend. Fabric lines and logos were installed including a fancy blue line with trumps and stars inside it and a large All Star logo uninterrupted by the usual red line.
More decorations and signage will be going up all around the arena throughout the weekend and next week crews will put up the finishing touches. This year's event will include a women's competition as well as a Top Golf style shooting event. Four Blues players will participate in this year's festivities and they will find familiar leadership with their own coach, Craig Berube, behind the bench.
Below are some more photos of the rink, and you can click the button to visit our 2020 NHL All Star center ice page.