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Huge Ice Arena Planned for Wake County

Posted September 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A lot of people are riding the ice hockey wave. On a warm, summer evening, it's hard to imagine one track of land will soon be covered with ice. But it's ice, many people say is desperately needed.

More than 650 kids will take part in youth ice hockey in the Raleigh area this year. And with Carolina Hurricane's hockey in the Triangle, organizers say the sport is going to soar.

Local residents want more ice hockey and more ice to play on. That's what three organizers are betting on. They're building a three-rink complex on 14 acres in Cary, off of Davis Drive.

Organizer Bryan Rosenburg says it's a 128,000 square foot facility with two NHL-sized rinks and one olympic-sized rink.

Currently, there are just three rinks in the Triangle where the public can skate, take lessons, or play youth hockey. Skating instructor Kathy Kader says there's simply not enough ice time or space for everyone who wants to participate.

"The rinks are busy and used at all hours, as early as 4-5:00 in the morning and in the evening." Kader says. "It seems like everybody is always looking for more ice."

Parent Debbie Gibson thinks the new ice-plex is a great idea. She says the Cary Ice House has been great, but it's also a smaller facility.

In the last few years, interest in ice skating has increased dramatically in the Triangle. What investors with the project hope is with the Carolina Hurricanes playing here, the sport is going to become even more popular.

Once the new facility is completed, organizers hope the Carolina Hurricanes will practice there. They plan to break ground in December with the expectation the facility will be open in September of 1998.