What was once a pile of dirt is transforming into brick and mortar - and soon enough, part of it will be frozen.
The renderings are coming to life as construction at Ford Ice Center Bellevue at One Bellevue Place continues to progress while leading up to the grand opening set for September.
Slated to house two sheets of ice, along with a slew of other amenities, the facility will undoubtedly do its part to help satisfy the demand for additional rinks in the Nashville area while helping to serve as a community staple.
"We can't wait to open this facility," Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler said. "We're excited to have two more sheets of ice in Nashville, which will provide hockey players and figure skaters from all over the state and beyond further opportunities to do what they love. This project will be a huge benefit to Bellevue, West Nashville and the surrounding communities, and we're pleased to have the Predators logo at the forefront."
Stay tuned to this space in the coming weeks and months as we update the progress on Ford Ice Center Bellevue.
Tuesday, Mar. 5:
We have a name.
On Tuesday, the Predators and Mid-South Ford Dealers announced an agreement to name the new Predators rink development in West Davidson County, Ford Ice Center Bellevue, which is scheduled to open in September of 2019. Additionally, the Predators and Ford announced that the naming rights of Ford Ice Center Antioch has been extended for five years.
"The environment we created at Ford Ice Center Antioch is something we are more proud of than any other initiative we've taken on," Predators President and CEO Sean Henry said via press release. "We've broken down barriers and have grown youth hockey and skating of all ages, in part because of the support we've received from Ford for everything we've done. Extending our partnership with them into our newest facility in Bellevue is such a natural fit for both sides as we continue to build on the work we started five years ago. Our partnership with Ford, Mayor David Briley, Metro Councilwoman Sheri Weiner and Metro Councilman Dave Rosenberg helped make the Bellevue rink a possibility, and it has resulted in where we are today."
Construction continues at the facility as well, and Ford Ice Center Bellevue begins to look more recognizable by the day.
"These photos below show that the steel structure over the facility is about 30 percent done, and the expectation is that the entire steel frame will be competed over the next two weeks," Butler said. "The entire foundation has also been poured throughout the entire facility, except for the ice pads."
Wednesday, Feb. 20:
Foundations have been poured, walls are starting to be raised, and within a few more weeks, support columns are expected to be put into place.
"The one thing you'll notice in this building is we will have more seating available compared to Ford Ice Center, which will help us be able to host more USA Hockey and U.S. Figure Skating events," Butler said. "In these pictures, you can see we've begun laying the foundation and are progressing right along schedule. In the coming weeks, fans will be able to see the support columns going up, and expect to start making ice in early September."