St. Louis Blues players, local youth hockey players break ground on new ice center

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Blues Break Ground on New 'Community Ice Center' in Maryland Heights

Scroll down for renderings of what the finished project will look like.

August 16, 2018 - 11:03 am
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MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo (KMOX) - The St. Louis Blues, City of Maryland Heights and St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation broke ground on the St. Louis Community Ice Center, Thursday. The 277,000 square-foot facility is expected to open in September 2019.


The coming facility is located at 750 Casino Center Drive in Maryland Heights will have four professional-size ice surfaces - including one outdoors. It will also become the official practice facility of the St. Louis Blues. The facility is expected to open in September 2019.

The Ice Center will be the home of Lindenwood University hockey, St. Louis Blues AAA and the St. Louis Lady Cyclones youth hockey teams.

At Thursday's ground breaking event was new Blues forward and St. Louis-native Patrick Maroon, along with former Blues Brett Hull and Bernie Federko.

Maroon told the crowd of local youth hockey players, parents and supporters that it'll be great for kids and parents who were having to travel an hour and half somtimes to get to an ice rink. 

"This is going to be great for not only the community, but for St. Louis hockey itself," Maroon says. "I think that can speak for the players too. I think coming to an A-Class facility for us, that we're going to spend most of our time at, is going to be great for us too."

"We are beyond excited to get this project underway," said Blues President and CEO of Business Operations Chris Zimmerman. "The St. Louis Community Ice Center is the culmination of a lot of hard work by a lot of people and serves to advance our efforts to continue to grow the game of hockey throughout St. Louis and our region as a whole."

The $78 million project to build the St. Louis Community Ice Center is expected to attract regional and national hockey tournaments. The Blues also announced Tuesday they will be making a $100,000 commitment to the rink development project in Chesterfield for the Chesterfield Youth Hockey Association. The club will also make annual $10,000 commitments to Blues Youth Hockey Membership Clubs.

Scroll down for renderings of what the finished project will look like: 

Rendering of the coming St. Louis Community Ice Center.
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Rendering of the coming St. Louis Community Ice Center.
(St. Louis Blues)

Rendering of the coming St. Louis Community Ice Center.
(St. Louis Blues)

Rendering of the coming St. Louis Community Ice Center.
(St. Louis Blues)