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Newly renamed hockey center takes shape in Chesterfield Valley


The $21.5 million Chesterfield SportsComplex taking shape in Chesterfield Valley is to now be known as the Maryville University Hockey Center. [Jim Erickson photo]
The $21.5 million Chesterfield SportsComplex taking shape in Chesterfield Valley is to now be known as the Maryville University Hockey Center. [Jim Erickson photo]

One of Chesterfield Valley’s newest developments is rapidly taking shape and, as of May 1, has a new name.

Now to be known as the Maryville University Hockey Center, the 84,000-square-foot Chesterfield SportsComplex [as it had been called] is on schedule to open in August.

Despite the name change, the Hockey Center will continue to be owned and operated by the Chesterfield Hockey Association [CHA] and will provide a two-sheet hockey facility well suited to ice sports and recreational skating. The project is being developed by CHA, The Staenberg Group and Mia Rose Holdings.

“When you consider this facility will host 800,000 visitors annually in all of its various activities, it will be a tremendous asset to the community,” said Tom Kaiman, a long-time CHA supporter and former hockey player who now serves as project manager for the facility’s construction. 

The building’s foundation, exterior and interior walls and roof are in place and work is in progress on its various internal features including its two NHL-sized ice rinks. The rink will have room for 2,000 spectators and include a second-floor viewing platform.

But construction activities aren’t the only area where progress is being made. During a hard-hat tour of the facility on April 23, Kaiman told West Newsmagazine that CHA, which has federal nonprofit organization status, has received some $300,000 in additional support in recent months.

Previously, the hockey organization had announced that the facility’s competition ice rink will be named the Mike Shanahan Sr. Family Arena in memory of the former St. Louis Blues chairman who rejuvenated the local National Hockey League franchise.

The naming of the second ice rink is among the announcements expected in upcoming days.

CHA and Maryville University have joined in a long-term partnership that includes an agreement for the university’s men’s and women’s hockey teams to make the facility their home.  The university recently announced that by the 2020-21 hockey season it will have three teams playing in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

In addition to the university and CHA, other local high schools committed to using the new facility include Chaminade, Marquette, Lafayette, Parkway West and St. Louis Priory.

The facility’s $21.5 million estimated cost is being funded by charitable contributions, conventional bank financing and bond revenues from the Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District that will go for public infrastructure improvements associated with the project.

CHA will continue its fundraising efforts during the construction phase to raise an additional $600,000 before its grand opening.

Construction underway at the newly named Maryville University Hockey Center
Construction underway at the newly named Maryville University Hockey Center

The tour of the CHA structure illustrated that while it will be a two-rink operation when it opens, the mechanical infrastructure now being put in place will accommodate a third rink in the future. 

When the facility opens, it will have 180 tons of cooling capacity provided by two on-line compressors, with a third compressor in reserve.  Adding a fourth compressor will handle an additional rink while maintaining a reserve unit and will ultimately supply 240 tons of cooling capacity.

Chesterfield Sports Complex April 23- B - Jim Erickson photo
A heated subfloor beneath the rinks will help prevent freezing and thawing. [Jim Erickson photo]

The installation of a subfloor heating system – visible during rink construction – might come as a surprise to the casual observer. The network of tubing covering the ground under the rinks is designed to prevent freezing and thawing that could eventually damage the concrete rink floor above it. Covering the heating network will be a sand-like mixture, a vapor barrier, two layers of insulation, another vapor barrier and the cold system before concrete for the rink is poured.

Kaiman said the system is designed to create a highly sustainable and long-term solution for the facility.

Rapidly taking shape in Chesterfield Valley is the Maryville University Hockey Center as seen from the northeast looking southwest. [Photo courtesy of Chesterfield Hockey Association.]
Rapidly taking shape in Chesterfield Valley is the Maryville University Hockey Center as seen from the northeast looking southwest. [Photo courtesy of Chesterfield Hockey Association.]
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