The Chicago Blackhawks today praised the approval of the planned 127,000-square-foot community training center, which was unanimously approved by the City Council. The community practice facility was previously approved by the Council’s Committee on Zoning on Tuesday and the Plan Commission prior to that. The facility will offer a variety of programming for the community including youth programs, adult recreational leagues and open-skating.
“The Blackhawks are excited not only for what this new facility will do for our franchise but for the benefits it will bring to the community at large,” said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. “We are grateful for the support of Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Burnett, and the entire city leadership team, all of whom have been instrumental throughout the approval process.”
The new facility – expected to open in the fall of 2018 – will serve as the primary practice home of the Blackhawks, and 94 percent of the facilities operations will center on community programing including programs for those that may not have the means to play otherwise. The facility will feature two NHL regulation-size ice rinks, spectator seating, concessions, and parking on the site previously occupied by Malcolm X College, which opened its new campus north of Jackson Boulevard last month.
“The Blackhawks are excited to make this investment in our community and we are committed providing the next generation of hockey fans with a place to learn the game we all love so much,” said Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz.