Fuel owners announce Greenwood plans

Indy Fuel owners Jim and Sean Hallett announced Monday a proposal to develop a two-rink skating facility in Greenwood.

The facility would be near the I-65 interchange at County Line Road. It would include two rinks, with two turf fields that could be converted into two more ice rinks, providing a potential total of four rinks in a 175,000-square foot indoor facility. It would also include five basketball courts, a fitness facility, pro shop, locker rooms and foodservice.

A second phase would include development along the property with a potential movie theater, retail and restaurant space and a hotel. The entire project is expected to bring in more than $40 million in private investment, including $25 million for the ice/turf facility, known as the Greenwood Sportsplex.

“From Day One, our mission has been to create and sustain a future for hockey in Indiana,” Fuel co-COO Sean Hallett said. “With the Greenwood Sportsplex, we’re able to move closer to that goal while offering a number of opportunities in other youth sports as well. This is going to be a first-class facility.”

The Hallett family, which has owned the Fuel since the team’s inception in 2013, has been committed to growing hockey at the grassroots level. The subsidiary Indiana Ice Arenas, LLC currently owns the Fuel Tank at Fishers, a two-rink facility that currently has a fitness facility, pro shop and locker rooms, as well as foodservice. They also operate the Pop Weaver Youth Pavilion at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, a one-sheet facility attached to the Fuel’s home rink, the Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

This provides another facility on the rapidly-growing south side of the Indianapolis metro area. Currently, there is only one ice sheet – the IndyParks-owned Ellenberger Park rink – south of 38th Street in Indianapolis, with the nearest rinks beyond that being in Columbus and Bloomington. Other rinks are in Fishers, Carmel and Westfield.

The Greenwood Redevelopment Commission will hear proposals June 19 and vote on an incentive package on July 11.