The Washington Capitals ushered in a new era for the franchise in the fall of 2006 with the opening of the Kettler Capitals Iceplex, a community ice rink in Arlington, Va.. Kettler Capitals Iceplex serves as the Capitals’ training facility and home to the team’s administrative offices. The project, a joint venture between the Washington Capitals and Arlington County, is on the eighth level of the parking garage attached to the Ballston Common Mall.
“Not only will this facility provide a great home for our hockey team and bring us closer to our fan base, but it also will be an amazing, multiple-use complex for the community while benefiting local businesses and commerce,” said Capitals president Dick Patrick during the facilities naming ceremony. “Arlington deserves a lot of praise for the hard work and dedication it took to make this project a reality, and we look forward to working with them for years to come.”
The 137,000-square-foot facility includes two NHL-size ice rinks with seating for approximately 1,200, office space, a pro shop, media facilities and additional space for special events. The 20,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art training center for the Capitals features a large weight and fitness room, extensive athletic-training and medical facilities, spacious locker-room and lounge areas, a theater-style classroom and a high-tech video room. The complex will also house the organization’s entire front-office staff.
The structure was built atop the existing seven-story public parking garage at the corner of North Glebe Road and North Randolph Street. The $42.7 million project included the addition of an eighth level of parking to the garage. The construction was funded by the county through the sale of bonds and the facility is leased to the Capitals, who will operate the complex and manage all community programs. The parking garage will continue to be managed by the county.
“We are thrilled to have a state-of-the-art facility,” said vice president and general manager George McPhee. “It will be very beneficial to have our corporate offices and training site under one roof for the first time in the franchise’s history. We will continue to keep on-ice and training camp sessions open to the public and free of charge, hopefully encouraging fans to visit the facility and area.”
Architecture Inc. of Reston, Va., designed the project, while D.C.-based Sigal Construction was the general contractor.
The facility is the first indoor ice rink inside the Capitol Beltway in Virginia and just the second facility of its kind anywhere inside the Beltway (Ft. DuPont Ice Rink in D.C. is the other). With the Orange Line reaching the Ballston Metro Station nearby, Kettler Capitals Iceplex is the only community rink located on the Metrorail system.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex will help alleviate the ever-increasing demand for ice time by hockey and skating groups in the region. The two ice sheets will offer an estimated 12,000 hours of ice time per year for use by youth, high school and college hockey teams, figure skating, synchronized skating, recreational skating, learn-to-skate programs and hockey and broomball. At least 500 hours of ice time will be donated by the Capitals to Arlington County to offer the economically disadvantaged and physically and mentally challenged members of the community an opportunity to use the facility.
Estimates also forecast the facility will provide many economic benefits to the area by attracting additional patrons to restaurants and retail stores.
Kettler Capitals Iceplex Quick Facts
Location: Arlington, Va.
Ice Sheets: Two, 200’ x 85’
Square Footage: 137,000
Seating: Approx. 1,200
Project Cost: $42.7 million
Architect: Architecture Inc.
General Contractor: Sigal Construction
627 N. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22203
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