The city of Nashville and the Predators have announced plans this week to build a community ice rink on the site of the new mall in Bellevue.
The plans will be formally announced tomorrow by Mayor Megan Barry at a news conference in Bellevue.
The facility is to be modeled off the Ford Ice Center in Antioch that opened in 2014 and also includes two rinks for youth and recreational hockey and ice skating.
The new Bellevue hockey facility is slated to be a piece of Charlotte, N.C.-based developer Crosland Southeast’s One Bellevue Place project on the old mall’s site.
One Bellevue Place, which broke ground in 2015, is a mix-use development expected to open this fall that will include retail, entertainment and restaurant uses and a Sprouts healthy grocery store.
In addition, Metro intends to build a new regional community center that would go next door to the ice center.
Although the ice center could be used for some Predators team practices, the hockey club’s main training facilities would remain at Centennial Sportsplex and Bridgestone Arena.
Metro councilwoman Shari Weiner called the Bellevue hockey center “a long time coming,” saying that for years people have reached out to her about making a project like this happen in the west part of Davidson County.
“There is a high vacancy in terms of available slots for children and youth to skate, she said.
“Whether it is hockey, or figure-skating, there is interest, as you will hear on Thursday, from all over the county, she added.”
In a statement, Mayor Barry said the city and Predators have worked well together on projects in the past.
“Metro has a great track record of working with the Nashville Predators and the Metro Parks Department to build great facilities that are fun for the family, create opportunities for youth, and strengthen the community,” she said.
For years, the Predators had Bellevue on their radar for an ice center even before the team embarked on the Antioch project.
The new facility is targeted for a part of the old Bellevue Center mall site that overlaps with the former Tennessee Titans practice facility that operated for one year in Bellevue.
Thursday’s news conference will take place at the Bellevue Baptist Medical Center next to the mall site.
The two new Bellevue ice rinks could help fill a void for Middle Tennessee hockey and ice skating enthusiasts after A-Game Sportsplex Facility in Franklin closed last summer.
City Announces Plans for New Ice Rink