Last December, I was privileged to take part in the groundbreaking for the new 270,000-square-foot Anaheim Ducks’ Community Ice Arena at the Great Park, which will be the largest ice skating facility in California and one of the largest in the United States.
Now, the Great Park Ice Arena is nearly ready to open!
The Ice Arena will have three National Hockey League-standard ice rinks and one Olympic size rink, and include seating for more than 2,500 spectators.
Located near the Great Park’s Palm Court and adjacent to the Festival Site parking area, the Community Ice Arena will be reserved most of the time for public use.
Ice sports and recreation activities available to the public at the Arena will include youth and adult hockey programs, regional and national tournaments, figure skating, and open public skating.
Also, the Anaheim Ducks are expected to practice occasionally at the 13.5-acre site.
The Arena is owned by the Irvine Ice Foundation, a nonprofit organization, which will be made up of locally, based civic leaders, and operates on a 50-year lease with the City of Irvine.
The $100 million plus facility will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certified as part of the NHL Green initiative.
All proceeds will go to further the growth of ice sports and activities locally.
Additionally, the new facility will create 15 full-time and 150 part-time positions while serving more than 10,000 local youth each year.
A grand opening of the Community Ice Arena is expected in early February 2019.