Posted: Jul 2, 2013 10:00 PM by Keele Smith - MTN News
The Haynes Pavilion is the only indoor ice arena in town--which is only open for part of the year.
But there are some cool new plans that will make skaters happy all year long.
The Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association, (BAHA) now has the money to build a year-round ice arena.
And organizers say they need it.
"We're ready to not only have a year-round rink, but we're ready to have two sheets of ice in the winter time," said BAHA Operations Director, Julie Keck.
Gallatin County Commissioners approved a $1.1 million bond Tuesday for the construction of the new arena.
"This is the first part of this. It's a three phase process," said Gallatin County Finance Director, Ed Blackman. "We have to build the building so it's got a structure. Then BAHA will come in and put the ice down and then the third phase of it is to put a little more amenities in there like locker rooms and things of that nature."
The new arena will connect to the Haynes Pavilion so the two can share an ice-making machine.
It will cost about a $1 million every year to run the two rinks.
It will take awhile to get the ice year round.
"I'm excited about skating in the summertime," said Keck. "It's so hot outside right now, and it would be awesome to go inside right now into a refrigerated space and play hockey right now."
BAHA will use more than $900,000 to build the facility and the fairgrounds will use the rest to improve infrastructure needs.
It's a $4 million project.