Hockey fans should be able to hear goal calls at the NDCC a little bit better next season. The Nelson Leafs are paying to upgrade the PA system in a partnership with the RDCK. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson Leafs to pay for NDCC sound upgrade

The team is partnering with the RDCK to upgrade the PA system

The days of straining to hear the bingo numbers at Nelson Leafs games are coming to an end.

The team is partnering with the Regional District of Central Kootenay to upgrade the public announcement system at the Nelson and District Community Complex.

The complex’s current acoustics are best described as muddled. The Leafs’ plan, which was approved by the Recreation Commission on Tuesday, will be to upgrade the PA system by relocating existing speakers, adding another row of speakers over the stands on both sides of the arena and adding new amplifiers.

The price of the project is $22,526, but it will actually cost $16,000 thanks to a donation by Martech Electric (which is owned by Leafs head coach Mario DiBella) to cover installation fees.

The RDCK will pay for the system up front with the Leafs paying back $3,200 per year over five years.

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