INDIANAPOLIS – Since the announcement of the Indy Fuel, owners Jim and Sean Hallett have been adamant about growing the sport of hockey in Indianapolis. Today, that growth took another step forward with the announcement of the Greenwood Iceplex, a 115,000 square-foot facility expected to be a regional destination for both youth hockey and other ice sports.
Thursday morning, Indy Fuel, the Halletts and Greenwood Mayor Mark W. Myers announced plans to build a facility that will feature two finished ice rinks, two turf fields (convertible to two additional ice rinks), a fitness/training facility, retail space, locker rooms and food service facilities. The Greenwood Iceplex will be constructed on 6 acres in Greenwood’s Freedom Park and is expected to be one of the largest facilities of its kind in the nation. Under the terms of the agreement, the Halletts will lease the land in Freedom Park for $1 per month.
We’re approaching it from the ground up,” said Jim Hallett in the team release. “Youth hockey provides the foundation, and it takes sustained financial investment and dedication to build and grow the sport at that level. It’s about creating an infrastructure for hockey’s long-term growth and popularity, and Greenwood is an ideal fit for this project.”
The Halletts plan for the facility to have activities such as public skating, figure skating, speed skating, curling, broomball and other ice sports.
Mayor Myers commends the project, the Halletts and the city of Greenwood.
“This is a game-changer, both for Greenwood and hockey in the Hoosier state,” said Myers in the team release. “The Halletts have clearly demonstrated their commitment, and we look forward to a long, successful partnership with Jim, Sean and the entire family.”
The growth of hockey has been a very high priority for the Halletts since day one of the Indy Fuel. The ownership of the Indy Fuel Tank at Fishers, as well as the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion, demonstrates the commitment that the Halletts have to the sport in Indianapolis.
The owner of the Fuel was quoted in the Indiana Business Journal saying at least one or two more ice rinks in this market are needed. He and his son are “in active discussions with two communities” about developing ice rinks there.
With the addition of the Greenwood IcePlex, the Fuel will have ownership of a rink on the north and south side of Indianapolis as well as the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Hallett would like to see five first-class rinks around this city.