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Hockey group launches drive for final $2 million

By: Jim Erickson


The Chesterfield Hockey Association [CHA] is launching the final fundraising push for its multi-sport ice facility to be located in Chesterfield Valley on the northwest of the intersection of Chesterfield Airport and Spirit of St. Louis Boulevard. At the same time, CHA announced its intention to hold a groundbreaking this fall.

CHA, a 501[c][3] nonprofit organization that will own and manage the operation, says it is now raising the final $2 million needed to begin construction on the $22.5 million project.

The new facility will replace the Hardee’s Iceplex, a three-sheet ice rink that was sold and demolished last year to make way for the Topgolf entertainment center now under construction.

The CHA operation will serve as the home rink for the Chesterfield Falcon hockey teams, several area high school hockey teams and the Chesterfield-based Maryville University, which is starting a men’s and women’s collegiate hockey program this fall.

CHA officials say the new building also will host numerous hockey tournaments and figure skating competitions expected to attract participants, parents and others from across the Midwest. Discussions with sports rehab and food service operations interested in being tenants at the state-of-the-art facility also are underway, according to Mark Kraus, CHA’s board president.

Kraus observed that the rink will help grow youth hockey and other ice sports activities in the area and will provide economic benefits to Chesterfield and the St. Louis region.

 

Details on the Chesterfield Sportscomplex can be found at chesterfieldsportscomplex.org.

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