Metro will build a new ice rink in the parking lot of the former Hickory Hollow Mall.
The $14 million facility was announced Monday at the groundbreaking for the already-announced library and community center set for the northern corner of the Antioch retail space now known as Global Mall at the Crossings.
The 86,000-square-foot, Metro-owned facility will sit kitty-corner to the new library/community center space, adjacent to a park.
The hockey center will be two-story and include two multi-purpose ice rinks, team rooms, meeting rooms and an observation mezzanine. (Click here  for a floor plan rendering.) There will be space for concessions, as well as an ice skate rental and repair center. A covered walkway will connect it to the library and community center. (Click here  for a site plan rendering) It is expected to open in late summer 2014.
The construction of the new ice rinks was alluded to in the restructured leased signed between the Nashville Predators and the city last year.
The Predators will manage the facility — which will be built by Metro — and the team's lease payments will go to off-set the debt service. In addition, the debt of the Metropolitan Sports Authority will be restructured with the realized savings from lower interest rates. The details of the financing plan will be released at the sports authority’s July 1 meeting.
The Predators announced they will offer “scholarships” as well as work and internship opportunities at the new facility, while providing learn-to-skate classes and hockey lessons, in addition to tournaments and leagues.
Currently, there are only four publicly available rinks in the Nashville area — two each at the Centennial Sportsplex and at Franklin's A-Game.
The Predators themselves will continue to practice, primarily at Sportsplex.
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