Posted Friday, December 27, 2013 --- 5:07 p.m.
It's been years in the making but in just a few short weeks, the Sun Prairie Ice Arena will open it's doors to the public.
With help from the community, "in total we've raised just shy of $3.5 million," said Sun Prairie Youth Past President Dave Batterman.
And the sale of the old building, this new $7 million, 94,000 square foot building will soon be calling Sun Prairie home.
"We'll be able to have a tournament for our youth every level, every single year,"
The facility will be able to hold thousands, and there's not just one, but two NHL size ice rinks under one roof. Volunteers along with dedicated construction workers and board members helped make the Sun Prairie Ice Arena into what it is today.
"This is very unique to actually to be able to look over the sheet of ice watching kids and adults out there having fun," said Sun Prairie Youth Hockey President, Jen Kurtz.
Now, crews are busy with the finishing touches; sanding and painting. Making sure everything is ready for all kinds of activities. "The figure skaters can come up here and work with the dance instructor on certain techniques," said Kurtz. Seven youth hockey teams will also practice in the facility. In the off season, this space will still be in high demand. "That space will be used for possibly rollerblading, hockey leagues; we can take down the boards and use it for convention space, meeting space, car shows, concerts," said Batterman. Kurtz adds, "it is truly a one of a kind ice arena."
The grand opening will begin at 5pm on January 18th and organizers say there will be activities on and off the ice; everyone is invited.
There will also be plenty of open skating hours, that will cost $5 per person.