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Construction started on new Sioux Falls ice arena

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — Recreational skaters and adult and youth hockey players in the Sioux Falls area will soon have access to more ice.

Ice Sports Association broke ground Thursday on the SCHEELS IcePlex, a year-round, three-sheet indoor community ice facility that should open by next September.

Joe Zueger, founder and co-organizer of the ISA, said the building would be “an efficient, modern-day facility that will serve our community for decades to come.”

Ice time is hard to come by now because the only permanent indoor rink is at Minnehaha Ice and Recreation Center.

The $8 million to $8.5 million building is going up at the Sanford Sports Complex.

It will include three NHL regulation-sized sheets of ice, lockers and dressing rooms, off-ice training facilities, a heated reception/lobby area with views of the rinks, bleacher seating, concessions, restrooms, office spaces, a community room and paved parking.

Fundraising started in 2011, and more than $6.5 million has been raised. More than $3.5 million came from private sources, $1.5 million from the Chamber Community Appeals campaign and $1.5 million from the city of Sioux Falls. Sanford Health donated the land.

The SCHEELS IcePlex will offer open recreational skating and will be home to the Sioux Falls Youth Hockey Association and the Sioux Falls Figure Skating Club. It will also serve adult hockey leagues and new recreational ice programs such as broomball leagues and curling.

Games, multi-team tournaments, competitions and skills development camps will all be hosted at the facility.