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Fuel to build $20 million ice facility in Greenwood

By City of Greenwood, 03/03/17, 5:00AM EST

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115,000 sq. ft. Iceplex in city’s Freedom Park will be among the nation’s largest

GREENWOOD, IND. – Indiana may be rooted in basketball history, but Indy Fuel owners Jim and Sean Hallett are investing millions to position hockey as the state’s future. The Halletts joined Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers in announcing the Greenwood Iceplex, a 115,000 square-foot facility expected to be a regional destination for both youth hockey and other ice sports.

Featuring two finished ice rinks, two turf fields (convertible to two additional ice rinks), a fitness/training facility, retail space, locker rooms and food service facilities, the Greenwood Iceplex will be constructed on 6 acres in Greenwood’s Freedom Park and will be among the largest facilities of its kind in the nation.

The park is also home to Freedom Springs, Greenwood’s highly successful aquatic center, which welcomed more than 150,000 visitors during its first two years of operation. Under proposed terms of the agreement, the Halletts will lease the land for $1 per month and invest approximately $20 million in the complex.

The Greenwood Iceplex is the latest addition to central Indiana’s growing collection of notable ice rinks, joining the Fuel Tank at Fishers, Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion and Indiana Farmers Coliseum at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Jim Hallett says the facility continues his family’s mission to ensure hockey’s future in Indiana.

“We’re approaching it from the ground up,” said Hallett. “Youth hockey provides the foundation, and it takes sustained financial investment and dedication to build and grow the sport at that level. It’s about creating an infrastructure for hockey’s long-term growth and popularity, and Greenwood is an ideal fit for this project.”

Mayor Myers praised the project as a milestone for the community.

“This is a game-changer, both for Greenwood and hockey in the Hoosier state,” said Myers. “The Halletts have clearly demonstrated their commitment, and we look forward to a long, successful partnership with Jim, Sean and the entire family.”

Myers also highlighted recent public investment in the area.

“A project of this size, in this area, would not have been possible just a few years ago. We set the stage by investing in interstate access, improved east-west travel and quality of life amenities. It’s a massive statement for Greenwood and where this city is headed.”

In addition to hockey, the Halletts plan for the facility to accommodate public skating, figure skating, speed skating, curling, broomball and other ice sports. They anticipate several annual competitions and tournaments, drawing visitors from across the Midwest.

“This is going to be a major destination,” said Sean Hallett. “We’re creating a first-class facility unlike anything else in the region.”

During the past three years, Greenwood has invested more than $30 million in the area, completing a major portion of Worthsville Road, adding a new I-65 interchange and building Freedom Springs Aquatic Center. The Greenwood Iceplex will sit adjacent to Freedom Springs, and the two facilities will share a parking lot.

The City and Hallett family have agreed in principle to primary terms, which call for the Halletts to lease the land for a period of at least 60 years. A final agreement is expected by mid-to-late April.

Next Home Game: Friday, March 3 vs. Wheeling – 7:35 p.m. (Brave the Shave):  Help the Fuel drop the gloves against childhood cancer and shave your head post-game on the ice to benefit the St. Baldrick’s Foundation. The Fuel will be sporting specialty jerseys, which will be auctioned off after the game, with a portion of the net proceeds benefitting St. Baldrick’s.Friday is also a Fuel College Night presented by Moe’s Southwest Grill – pick up a ticket, $5 towards concessions and $5 Moe’s Bucks for $20 with a valid college ID.

Single-game tickets are now available for the third season of Fuel hockey in Indianapolis at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum box office or at all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket Plans of all sizes are also available, from Full-Season Plans to six and three-game packages, in addition to Group Ticket options. Learn more by visiting IndyFuelHockey.com or calling 317-925-FUEL. Stay up to date throughout the offseason by following the Fuel on Twitter and Instagram (@IndyFuel) and don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Fuel on Facebook.