Goals


Our goal is to create the premier hockey destination in Missouri and in the Midwest, located adjacent to the Simon Premium Outlet Mall, on 12 acres of land between Chesterfield Airport Road and US 64/40. Our proposed facility’s design and its location in Chesterfield combining retail, entertainment and sports, differentiates it from others in the St. Louis area, many of which are older and in need of renovation.

Quotes


When the Hardees IcePlex closes it will put a massive strain on families who will have to travel far distances to continue playing hockey. In addition, there will be a domino effect throughout the community as we all face increased competition for ice time.

Matt Hrubes
Director of Mini Mites 6U
Kirkwood Hockey Association and
President
Chaminade College Prep Hockey

Objectives


Our objectives for the Chesterfield Sports Complex are:

  • First and foremost, we are replacing the home ice facility for CHA, several high schools, adult hockey, figure skating, public skaters and more that are being displaced as a result of the closing of Hardee's IcePlex.
  • To facilitate and increase participation in ice hockey and other sports among St. Louis area youth and adults.
  • To create a premier hockey and sports destination in St. Louis and the Midwest which willattract local and regional players, teams, tournaments and activities and contributeto the economy and quality of life in the St. Louis region.
  • To build a facility which is financially stable, sustainable and maintainable forthe long-term.

Programming to Grow Participation in Ice and Other Sports


Hockey and other ice sports, including figure skating and curling, are growing in popularity. They are particularly valuable as youth and adults face increasing health risks such as obesity, diabetes and other related issues.

The health benefits of playing hockey include increased cardiovascular fitness and strength, decreased stress and better sleep, according to USA Hockey. Playing hockey is also fun, allows a person to expand his or her social circle, and improves communication and teamwork skills. The benefits are similar for other active ice sports and for other sports that could be played at the new Sports Complex in the off- season, such as soccer and basketball.

Chesterfield Hockey Association, established in 1995 to develop, promote and organize amateur hockey, enrolls about 450 players each fall season and hundreds more in our spring and summer leagues. Players range in age from 4 to 18 years old. Chesterfield Hockey provides year-round developmental opportunities and a full spectrum of hockey programs from the Initiation Program to some of the most competitive leagues in the country. One of our goals is to be the best Tier II and Tier III hockey club in the area and to develop and advance deserving players to Tier I careers with the AAA Amateur Blues, Missouri Hockey's recognized Tier I affiliate club.

Because Chesterfield Sports Complex will be owned and operated by a nonprofit, we will be able to keep costs low and provide more opportunities in the “learn to play”spectrum for girls and women, for recreational/house level hockey, and for individuals with social-economic, mental, or physical disabilities.

While several ice-sport related groups have expressed an interest in expanding their activities, there is not adequate available capacity of ice rinks and/or ice times. Many local groups and some from out-of-town are interested in our plans and the opportunity to secure ice time at a new venue. For example, we are talking to a group that trains Olympic figure skaters who are considering a move to St. Louis. Their training would likely use non-peak hours and could ultimately attract top skaters and teams from around the US here for trials and additional events.

Curling has become a growing sport in the United States since being reintroduced as an Olympic event in 1998. The St. Louis Curling Club is committed to establishing a dedicated curling facility in the St. Louis region. We are discussing a partnership to build a facility adjacent to the Chesterfield Sports Complex.This would allow us to combine resources and leverage off one another to promote sports that are accessible to all people of all ages and abilities.

Plans also call for more free use, including public skating sessions, lessons for the community, and programs with Gateway Special Hockey, an organization for people with disabilities who play hockey. TheSt. Louis Sled Hockey Team also has expressed interest in the new facility. In the off-season, one of the rinks could be converted for indoor soccer, box lacrosse, or ball hockey programs, further fulfilling theobjective of involving more young people in sports.

Features


The new, state-of-the-art 78,000 square-foot facility will include the following features:

  • Two NHL-sized ice rinks (85 feet x 200 feet).
  • The Competition Rink will include permanent seating for approximately 1,000 spectators with standing room for over 600 spectators.
  • The Practice Rink will include portable seating for approximately 300 spectators.
  • Locker rooms, team meeting rooms and offices (as needed to support figure skating and hockey, youth organizations and other programming needs).
  • Viewing platform on the second floor accessible to both rinks.
  • Future Expansion Capabilities.

Feasibility


A Partnership Built for Success
To evaluate the feasibility of a new ice facility in Chesterfield, Ballard*King and Associates conducted a market study to explore community need and demand. With the closure of Hardees, they felt there was “definitely a market for another 3 sheets of ice in the St. Louis area just to meet the current program demands.” Key to the success of a new arena is securing tenants to utilize ice time and generate income.Publicly supported developments also tend to fare better than privately owned ones.

The Chesterfield Sports Complex is being developed through a public-private partnership of ChesterfieldHockey Association (CHA), the City of Chesterfield, St. Louis County, The Staenberg Group (TSG) and MiaRose Holdings (MRH). The CHA is the primary ice time consumer, ensuring utilization of ice time, and theCity of Chesterfield brings public support to the table.

Chesterfield Hockey Association (CHA) will own and operate the new Chesterfield Sports Complex and utilize 2,400 hours of ice time (or about 60% of the total available) per year.The City of Chesterfield has been extremely supportive of our efforts and is working with us to use the existing Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District to provide $7 million to fund land acquisition and site development costs.

A premier team of industry experts with extensive experience in ice rink development and large scale developments has been formed to develop the Project. The team includes The Staenberg Group (“TSG”)and Mia Rose Holdings (“MRH”).

TSG’s expertise includes acquisitions, site selection, design, project management, construction, leasing,property management, investment, financial resources and partnership opportunities. In addition, TSG(and previously THF Realty) was the developer of Chesterfield Commons and has developed more than 2million square feet within Chesterfield Valley.

MRH was formed in the fall of 2014 to develop a vision for a new ice rink facility in Chesterfield to support the growth of youth hockey. Tom Kaiman, the Principal of MRH, has a deep background in ice rink development and construction and was the design-builder of the St. Louis Mills Ice Zone (practice facility of the St. Louis Blues), the 2 sheet facility at the St. Peter's Rec-Plex and recently managed the renovations and new ice surface installation for the City of Brentwood. MRH is committed to ensuring youth hockey continues to grow in Chesterfield and the St. Louis region.

Funding Sources


Existing Chesterfield Valley Transportation Development District $7,000,000
Chesterfield Hockey Association /Fundraising $8,000,000
Bank Debt Service $7,650,000
Total $22,650,000

Quotes


Having access to the 'community funded' St. Peter's Rec-Plex has allowed tremendous growth in our youth programs and we are committed to supporting Chesterfield Hockey Association however we can to develop new rinks in Chesterfield which will help to stabilize youth hockey not only in Chesterfield but in the entire region.

John Gissy
8U Director, St. Peter's Spirit

Having grown up playing and now coaching youth hockey in Chesterfield, it is exciting to be apart of the leadership effort to develop a highly sustainable ice arena to be used by the community for many years to come.

Tom Kaiman
Owner of Mia Rose Holdings

Conclusion


A new Ice Rink Facility in Chesterfield provides an exciting opportunity to help grow youth hockey and other ice sports activities for the youth in the area. Development of the new complex will allow more young people and others to be involved in ice sports and provide important economic benefits to Chesterfield and the region. Support of this project is an investment in a new regional asset that will add to St. Louis’ reputation as a sports town. Along with public support, significant charitable contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations are critical to securing the funding needed to make this project a reality.

Contact Us!


Do you have a question? Wish to speak to someone on the project team? Interested in making a donation? Send us an email, and we'll set a meeting with you to talk about your ideas.

   

sportscomplex@chesterfieldhockey.com