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Preds Ice Center in Bellevue scheduled to open by August 2019

Article by Michael Murphy, Nashville Tennessean 

The construction of a third ice skating facility in Davidson County is finally set to begin more than a year after the project was first announced.

The Preds Ice Center, a 90,000-square-foot facility that was first announced in February 2017, will be completed by next summer, Mayor David Briley told a crowd in the hundreds gathered at Friday’s groundbreaking ceremony at One Bellevue Place..

“Today we are thrilled to announced that there will be no interruption, there will be no delay, and in August of 2019, the Preds Ice Center right here in Bellevue will be open,” Briley said.

The new facility, for which Metro has allocated $28 million, will be part of One Bellevue Place, a mixed-use development that features entertainment, dining and retail outlets.

“We needed a transformative catalyst, and we needed bodies to make this development (One Bellevue Place) work,” said Sheri Weiner, Vice Mayor and the area’s former Metro council representative. “And what better way to give back to the community than with something that they want.”

The Preds Ice Center will mark Nashville’s third ice skating rink, joining Centennial Sportsplex and the Predators’ Ford Ice Center in Antioch, which opened in 2014.

“It’s going to be very similar to Ford Ice Center,” Predators president and CEO Sean Henry said. “We’ll correct some designs if you will, but the difference between this and Ford Ice Center in Antioch is that it has three separate centers — the library, the rec center, and the ice rink.”

Unlike the Ford Ice Center, however, the new Bellevue complex will be designed to house everything under one roof.

“This will be one roof for the rec center and the ice built together,” Henry said. “Our goal is to have no one know where one ends and the other begins, and to have them flow in and out of each other. Then outside of the walls, instead of a park there is this great development (One Bellevue Place).”

The two additional rinks in Bellevue are expected to help meet the growing demand for ice time in Nashville, particularly among youth players.

“We just don’t have enough ice here in Nashville for all the young people who want to play hockey,” Briley said. “This is going to be a great addition to that.”

Will it be enough, though?

“Like Sean Henry said earlier, as soon as we open this one, we’ll know we need another one right already,” Briley added. “There is just so much demand in the community for ice for kids who are into hockey and have time to skate.”

 

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