Indiana Ice owner Paul Skjodt is planning to build a large multi-sheet, multi-sports complex near I-465 and Michigan Road on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
The centerpiece would be a 4,800-seat rink which would become the new home of the USHL’s Indiana Ice. It would also feature two other youth ice rinks, as well as facilities for basketball & volleyball, as well as classrooms and office space. The latter are, according to the release, designed to be used by local non-profit and community organizations. The project’s motto is “Educate, Work, then Play.”
“The Lyceum board of directors will look to partner with local at risk youth programs in Indiana that are focused but not limited to childhood obesity, mental health awareness and local after school programs year round,” the release states. “Life planning skills focusing on education, work and community leadership goals will be rewarded with ‘Play’ inside the Lyceum Pavilion.”
According to an Indianapolis Business Journal story, Skjodt has a two-year option on the property and is currently seeking funding. If all goes according to plan, the complex would open in time for the 2016-17 hockey season, in which the Indiana Ice would return to active membership in the USHL. The Indy Star also added a story Monday afternoon.
The Ice franchise has been a member of the USHL since 2004, winning the Clark Cup championship in 2009 and 2014. The franchise, which Skjodt has owned since its inception, is currently dormant, but maintains full membership in the 17-team circuit. The USHL is Tier I junior league, featuring players ages 16-20. It is the primary feeder system for NCAA hockey, and considered the top U.S.-based junior league. Five Ice players — John Carlson, Torey Krug, Cameron Schilling, Paul Carey and Joel Rechlicz — have played in the NHL.
The team had split the last two seasons between two downtown rinks — Pan Am Plaza and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. However, the Pan Am rink was closed after the 2013-14 season and slated for redevelopment by its property owner, Kite Realty.