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    Kingsbridge National Ice Center in Bronx NYC to feature 9 rinks, 1st 5 by Sept. 2018

    Sarah Hughes, Mark Messier Team Up For Bronx Skating Center Project
    Olympic gold medalist and hockey star part of a project to turn an empty New York City armory into a massive ice sports center. Article: http://greatneck.patch.com/groups/ed...center-project

    Press release and video from today's press conference: http://www.mikebloomberg.com/index.c...1E2AF19E658D62
    Mayor Bloomberg today announced plans to transform the iconic Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx – vacant since 1996 – into the world's largest indoor ice facility. The landmark armory, which occupies a full City block at 29 West Kingsbridge Road, will be redeveloped into a 750,000-square-foot ice sports facility to be known as Kingsbridge National Ice Center (KNIC). KNIC will feature nine year-round indoor regulation size ice rinks, including a feature rink that can seat approximately 5,000 people and be used to host national and international ice hockey tournaments, figure and speed skating competitions and ice shows.
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    Of the nine ice rinks, five will be located on the main floor and four will be constructed on two platforms elevated approximately 40 feet above the main floor. At least two rinks at KNIC will be sled hockey-compatible for people with disabilities. The facility is expected to be open 365 days a year. In addition to the ice rinks, the facility will feature: a wellness center, with off-ice training fitness, rehabilitation and sports therapy programs; dressing rooms and lockers with storage for individual hockey equipment; concession space; retail space for ice sport goods; and parking for approximately 480 cars. Renderings are available at www.flickr.com/nycmayorsoffice.
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    The project will now begin a comprehensive public and environmental review with an anticipated groundbreaking in late 2014. The entire project will be built in two phases, with the first phase, consisting of five ice rinks, 50,000 square feet community space, concessions and parking, expected to be complete by September 2018. The remainder of the project will be built in the second phase which is expected to open by September 2019.
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    I hope this actually happens. Having that huge public space empty and wasted in Metro NYC is just a shame. With Messier (he is almost universally known and admired here - a HUGE name) attached I hope it will attract the neighborhood support, financing and solid management it needs. That said, I fear that figure skating will, as usual, get the leftovers. Hockey is the money-maker and will get the lion's share of space, ice time, facilities, design considerations, etc. That is understandable from an economics point of view but I'm a figure skating fan... The number of ice surfaces will certainly change the local landscape for youth hockey and might also free up some ice time elsewhere in the greater metro area for FS, especially on weekends in season when hockey leagues really take over.
    Last edited by Willowway; 04-23-2013 at 06:38 PM.

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