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Blues and youth hockey announce site for new ice complex

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The Legacy Ice Foundation presented its new plans for the St. Louis Ice Complex to the Maryland Heights City Council on Monday.

This followed Friday’s announcement that it was scrapping the plans to build in Creve Coeur Lake Park after opposition and a long expected wait on a decision from the National Park Service on approval.

The new plan is to be neighbors with Hollywood Casino.

The complex is proposed along Casino Center Drive on approximately 25 acres that will house three indoor ice sheets and one outdoor covered ice sheet.

“When there’s a will there’s a way and we will deliver this so we can stay on the map as far as amateur sports are concerned,” said Legacy Ice Foundation Chairman Patrick Quinn.

The complex will be a home for youth and amateur hockey. The Blues will also practice there. The Foundation estimated the Blues will account for two percent of the ice time.

“It’s the opportunity we have to keep creating a presence within the game where St. Louis becomes a beacon for hockey,” said Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman.

Maryland Heights will own the land and complex and will lease it to the foundation for 30 years with the option to extend the lease another 25 years.

The project is projected to cost more than $75 million.

Here’s the financing breakdown from the Legacy Ice Foundations: $39 million bond financing, $10 million private contributions, $8 million user contributions, $6.5 million city funding commitment and $12,152,000 additional funds required.

The cost of the land is still being negotiated according to Quinn, but a contract has been signed agreeing to a sale.

The city of Maryland Heights unanimously approved preliminary terms with the Legacy Ice Foundation to move forward on Monday and partner to build the ice complex.

Construction on the project is expected to start in May 2018 with an opening slated for September 2019.

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