CEDAR PARK EVENT CENTER OFFICIALLY BREAKS GROUND
Texas Stars Hockey Club Plans to Play at Facility Beginning in 2009-10
Cedar Park, Tex. – Hicks Cedar Park (an affiliate of Hicks Sports Group), the Dallas Stars Hockey Club and the City of Cedar Park officially broke ground today on the new state-of-the-art Cedar Park Event Center.
Located at the intersection of New Hope Drive and Toll Road 183A, north of Austin, the Cedar Park Event Center will be a multi-use facility, with 6,800 seats available for hockey and 8,700 for concerts and other events. The Center will have 24 suites (including four party suites) and 545 club seats with a private club lounge. A retail site of 17 acres is adjacent to the facility grounds for mixed-use development that will include 91,000 square feet for retail and 91,000 square feet for commercial, developed by Hicks Cedar Park.
The Texas Stars Hockey Club will be the main tenant of the new Cedar Park Event Center, with plans to play in the American Hockey League (AHL), the primary development partner of the National Hockey League. The Texas Stars will be the primary development affiliate for the NHL’s Dallas Stars. The team is planning on making its debut for the 2009-10 season, shortly after the Cedar Park Event Center’s scheduled opening in the early fall of 2009.
“The Dallas Stars are thrilled about bringing the Texas Stars to Cedar Park,” said Dallas Stars co-General Manager Brett Hull. “Having our development affiliate in our home state is a natural fit and one we think will be great for the fans. There are a lot of Dallas Stars fans in the Greater Austin area and we look forward to giving them a product they will enjoy following.”
Rick McLaughlin has been named general manager of the Cedar Park Event Center and president of the Texas Stars Hockey Club. Currently executive vice president/chief operating officer for the Dallas Stars, McLaughlin has over 25 years of experience in team and building management, including 20 in the NHL. He has been highly involved with the Dallas Stars since the team came to North Texas in 1993 and has overseen numerous Hicks Sports Group projects (the development of American Airlines Center, and the design and development of the Texas Rangers’ Spring Training facility in Surprise, Ariz., among others). McLaughlin has been part of three Stanley Cup Championships (two with Pittsburgh in 1990 and 1991), including having his name engraved on the Stanley Cup as part of the 1999 Dallas Stars’ executive management team.
“Hicks Cedar Park is very excited to be involved in the creation of the Cedar Park Event Center and the Texas Stars Hockey Club,” said McLaughlin. “The Event Center will be a beautiful facility and we are looking forward to bringing family entertainment, concerts, cultural events, along with AHL hockey, to this community. This is an exciting time for our organization and for my family. I am thrilled to be relocating into this beautiful area in the near future.”
“The Cedar Park Event Center is truly going to be a lifestyle project where the community and tourists can gather for first class entertainment,” said Cedar Park Mayor Bob Lemon. “We expect this facility to enhance the quality of life for our residents and spin off enormous new economic development for the city and region."
The Texas Stars are taking $100 deposits now on Season Tickets for the club’s inaugural season. Fans can call 214-GO-STARS
to speak with a sales representative, or go to DallasStars.com for more information. Fans who put down a deposit will be first in line to order any Season Ticket Plan when the process starts in 2009. Ticket plans will range from Full Season Plans to Five and Ten-Game Plans. The Texas Stars will be a family-oriented team with tickets that are affordable, starting as low as $9 a seat. Specific ticket prices will be released at a later date.