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Partnership could bring pro hockey arena to Edwards

Melanie Wong
Vail CO, Colorado

EDWARDS ” A new fieldhouse in the works for Freedom Park could get a major boost if owners of Vail’s future professional hockey team chip in for the cost.

The companies planning to bring the Central Hockey League team to town have been scouting the area for a place to build the team’s ice arena. Fieldhouse planners could work in conjunction with hockey team owners and developers to build a bigger and better joint facility, county officials suggested.

Mark Masinter of Dallas-based Open Hospitality Partner and Rick Kozuback of Global Entertainment Corporation, the companies bringing the franchise to Vail, said they were very open to considering a partnership.

“We want to do something that benefits the community. We can go through this and see. Maybe it’s worth exploring,” Masinter said.

Originally, the Western Eagle County Metro Recreation District had planned to build a fieldhouse with indoor hard courts and an indoor soccer field in Edwards. There were bigger plans for the facility at first, including a youth center, room for a Sheriff’s station, and meeting space, but the costs were too high.

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Eventually, plans for the building were pared down to $6.5 million. The rec district asked the county, which owns the land for the fieldhouse, to chip in.

However, combining the project with the hockey arena could mean a better facility and more funds to build with, said County Commissioner Arn Menconi.

“This could be a world-class event center that would allow for the rec district to get more than what they have now,” he said.

Hockey team representatives had said they envisioned an arena that could hold 5,000 people and host large events.

However, rec district officials were hesitant, saying they wanted to get the fieldhouse project off the ground before building costs rose significantly, or the project got stalled.

Masinter said his company would do some research within the next few weeks to see if such a partnership would be feasible.

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