CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Although it’s closed to the public due to coronavirus, Panthers IceDen has started long-awaited renovations to attract more high-profile events.
The Florida Panthers hockey team, which operates the three ice-rink center in Coral Springs and uses it for practice, updated patrons this weekend on the overhaul of the heavily used “mezzanine” ice rink and other improvements, and announced they are working on a re-opening plan with the City of Coral Springs.
“As a team, we have developed cleaning protocols and will be following the CDC’s guidelines once we are operational again,” IceDen’s operators said in an email.
The center’s operators have planned a more than $4 million renovation project that also includes renovating the “stadium” rink, redesigning the front entrance, upgrading the energy efficiency of the facility, updating locker rooms, and replacing flooring.
Once the IceDen re-opens and renovations are completed, organizers are aiming to bring in national figure skating and additional youth hockey and tournament events. As part of the renovations, the Florida Panthers have planned to move their practices to Holiday Park in the City of Fort Lauderdale.
Earlier this year, a new lease agreement for the IceDen was reached between the City of Coral Springs and the Florida Panthers. The new lease agreement now extends an additional 25 years, into 2069, and includes the creation of new youth hockey programs in Coral Springs.