The City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Icemen announced plans for a renovation of the Jacksonville Ice and Sportsplex located in the San Marco East Plaza at I-95 and Emerson.
The project is being developed and managed by Icemen Igloo LLC, a Zawyer Sports company, which also owns the Jacksonville Icemen.
The $18.5 million investment is being funded through many local investors and a $7.5 million loan/grant program that was approved by the City Council.
The revitalized center, to be renamed the Icemen Igloo, into one of the Southeast’s ice skating and facilities. The current one rink building will feature two NHL/ECHL regulation size rinks, a sports themed restaurant and lounge, new locker rooms, conference rooms, snack bar, Icemen team and pro shop, an Icemen training facility, Zawyer Sports and Icemen headquarters and home to the new Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame.
Construction is expected to start this August and continue for about a year. The Igloo will be open as the work is being completed.
Plans for a sports E-center and a Jacksonville Sports Hall of Fame are also being finalized.