The City of Maryland Heights has agreed to enter into negotiations with the St. Louis Ice Legacy Foundation to provide potential financial support for the Foundation’s proposed multi-purpose indoor/outdoor ice sports complex to be built near the intersection of Marine Avenue and the Maryland Heights Expressway. The facility would provide a new practice home for the St. Louis Blues, as well as a practice, competition and event destination for a wide variety of ice sports. It could also provide special recreational opportunities for residents of the City, as well as a potential venue for City sponsored special events throughout the year.
The Foundation is seeking financial support from the City to cover site preparations for the complex, including construction and installation of parking lots, trail and walkway extensions, utility improvements, road improvements and other infrastructure. In exchange, the City is being offered programming opportunities through the Foundation and a variety of sponsorships with a potential United States Hockey League (USHL) team and the St. Louis Blues that will be negotiated in separate agreements in the near future.
No firm dollar figure has been committed by the City. A final vote on the City’s proposed contribution will be made by the City Council later this spring.
“This potential project offers residents a greater variety of recreation opportunities,” said Jim Krischke, City Administrator of Maryland Heights. “It also fits in very well with the City’s vision of a regional sports, entertainment, hospitality and specialty retail destination in the surrounding Maryland Park Lake District.”