The Chesterfield Hockey Association [CHA] will break ground for its SportsComplex at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the building site in western Chesterfield Valley.
Work at the site began in September and is expected to take 11 months to complete. A grand opening is estimated for late next summer.
In addition to CHA board members, Chesterfield city officials, developers and contractors for the project club members and donors are expected at the groundbreaking.
The 84,000-square-foot facility will feature two NHL-sized rinks, seating for 2,000 spectators, a second-floor viewing area, locker rooms, team meeting rooms and offices.
The estimated cost for the facility is $21.5 million. Funds have come from charitable contributions, bank financing and the voter-approved extension of a 3/8-cent sales tax administered by the Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District for public infrastructure improvements related to the project.
CHA and Maryville University have joined in a long-term partnership that includes underwriting from Maryville and an agreement for the university’s men’s and women’s hockey teams to make the SportsComplex their home.
According to CHA officials, the university was instrumental in helping the project come to fruition and will help with the sustainability of the complex due to their use of ice during non-peak hours. CHA describes Maryville as the largest leaseholder of the complex.
“Partnering with CHA on this complex is a win-win,” said Dr. Mark Lombardi, Maryville’s president, “Our new collegiate hockey teams need ice where they can both practice and compete. Having a state-of-the-art facility nearby gives them a convenient and welcoming place to call home,” he added.
In addition to the university and CHA, other local high schools committed to using the new facility include Marquette, Lafayette, Parkway West, St. Louis Priory and Ft. Zumwalt West.
CHA will continue its fundraising efforts during the construction phase to raise an additional $800,000 before next year’s grand opening.
The association was founded in 1995 as a not-for-profit corporation for the development and operation of amateur youth hockey in western St. Louis County. CHA enrolls about 400 players each season and hundreds more in spring and summer leagues.
Mark Krause, CHA board president, said he looks forward to recognizing at the groundbreaking ceremony the many people and organizations involved in supporting the new facility.