The Legacy Ice Foundation, St. Louis Blues Partner, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership & The City of Maryland Heights Partner In Groundbreaking
The St. Louis Economic Development Partnership, The City of Maryland Heights, the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation and the St. Louis Blues today broke ground on the St. Louis Community Ice Center slated to have a yearly economic impact of $20M. The brand new, state-of-the-art facility, located at 750 Casino Center Dr., will feature four NHL-sized ice sheets, including a covered outdoor rink designed as a multi-purpose venue for concerts, festivals and other events. The first puck is scheduled to drop in Fall of 2019.
Overall, the facility projects to attract more than 1 million visitors and drive over 16,000 hotel nights as a destination for youth hockey travel teams. The project is expected to deliver an estimated $20 million economic impact on an annual basis. The following organizations with use the facility as their home ice: the St. Louis Blues, the St. Louis Blues Alumni, Lindenwood University, the St. Louis Blues AAA program and the St. Louis Lady Cyclones.
The St. Louis Community Ice Center is a $78 million project funded through a public-private partnership with support from the City of Maryland Heights, St. Louis County and the State of Missouri. The facility will span 277,000 square feet across approximately 25 acres. In addition to on-ice activity, Mercy Healthcare will offer sports medicine, therapy, training and other ancillary medical services through an on-site space. The ice center will also house retail and restaurant spaces as well as concourses and support facilities. The facility will be managed by the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation as part of a 30-year agreement with the City of Maryland Heights, who will own the facility upon completion.
The St. Louis Community Ice Center is the premier development initiative included in the St. Louis Blues’ ‘Hockey STL 2020’ campaign. Overall, the campaign aims to bring the St. Louis community together through the game of hockey. The ice center represents a regional movement to engage more youth in skating and ice sports at an early age. Its construction fills a major need in the St. Louis community and will provide the support and resources necessary to continue to foster the growth of hockey and the health and well-being of the region’s youth.
The St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation was founded to provide the St. Louis region – with an emphasis on youth – with the opportunity to develop their skills in ice sports in setting that foster personal growth and excellence. The St. Louis Community Ice Center is our “flagship” facility ensures that our region will attract major ice sport events and tournaments, contributing to economic development and job creation, with the resulting effect of strengthening ice sports across our region. In these and related endeavors, we champion the value inherent in ice sports: commitment, good sportsmanship, teamwork, personal integrity, and respect for others and self.
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The St. Louis Blues have been a part of the NHL since 1967. During more than 50 years of operation, the organization has established itself as one of the premier professional sports franchises in the country. With nine division titles, a Presidents’ Trophy and more than 20 former team members enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Blues have etched one of the most storied histories in the NHL. Through their history, the Blues have hosted more than 35 million fans and invested millions in the St. Louis community via Blues for Kids, the team’s charitable foundation.
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