The Dallas Stars and the City of Mansfield formally announced today the construction of a StarCenter in Mansfield with a groundbreaking ceremony on the site of the new two-sheet ice rink facility in Mansfield, Texas. The brand new StarCenter, located at 1715 E. Broad St., is scheduled to open its doors to the public in late 2017.
"The construction of the StarCenter in Mansfield is a testament to the growth and success of hockey in the North Texas region," Dallas Stars Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jason Farris said. "For many years, we have seen the growing demand for a StarCenter facility in the southeastern area of Tarrant County due to the rapidly increasing number of individuals participating in hockey and skating programs from this region. From our very first discussions with Mayor David Cook and the City of Mansfield, the vision of city leaders to help make Mansfield the best place to live and work in the Metroplex made them the perfect partner in this endeavor. We are elated to work with them and look forward to the Stars organization being part of the fabric of the community for many years to come."
The StarCenter in Mansfield will become the eighth StarCenter location in the area, joining existing facilities in Euless, Farmers Branch, Frisco, Irving, McKinney, Plano and Richardson.
Video: Stars break ground on Mansfield facility
"Mansfield has created a unique synergy in our community for amateur sports, and in particular youth sports," City of Mansfield Mayor David Cook said. "The addition of the StarCenter with its quality facility and well-run hockey and skating programs puts Mansfield in a league like no other community in North Texas and adds to the already excellent quality of life our residents here enjoy. Once again our city is living up to our "best places to live" designation."
The 78,000 square foot facility will house two NHL regulation size sheets of ice, eight public locker rooms, three private locker rooms for club rental and three multi-purpose rooms. The StarCenter in Mansfield will utilize a state of the art Integrated Thermal System to control the ice-making equipment and the internal environmental temperatures, the first such facility in the Dallas Stars' ice rink network with a 50 percent energy-based carbon footprint reduction.
Located at Hwy 287 and Broad Street, the StarCenter in Mansfield will offer a variety of services including birthday parties, public skating, corporate events, broom ball, figure skating sessions, and learn-to-skate classes for all ages. Additionally, the location will offer multiple options for hockey fans with learn-to-play hockey programs for all, youth and adult hockey leagues, and various tournaments.
For more information, please visit DrPepperStarCenters.com.
ABOUT HOCKEY IN NORTH TEXAS:
When the Stars moved to Dallas in 1993, there were five total sheets of ice in the area, only three of which hosted hockey. At that time, there were no high school or travel hockey programs offered, while only 250 local children were playing the sport and just 225 adults were participating in recreational leagues. With the organization's investment into amateur hockey over the past 25 years through construction of Dr Pepper StarCenters throughout the Metroplex, the team has directly impacted the growth of the game in the greater Southwest region. Today, there are more than 8,500 North Texas children and over 5,000 adults skating and playing recreational hockey on over 20 ice sheets in the area.
ABOUT THE CITY OF MANSFIELD:
The City of Mansfield, located in southeast Tarrant County, is one of the fastest growing communities in Texas, with a population of more than 68,000. Its growth over the past decade is attributed to its high quality of life, excellent schools and strong local economy and business environment. The city was ranked by Money Magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in America in 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2014. The StarCenter Mansfield will join the city's award-winning parks and recreation system, recently named the best in the state by the Texas Recreation and Parks Society. The system boasts more than 800 acres of parkland with 19 parks and athletic/recreational facilities. The new ice rink will join FieldhouseUSA as the city facilities located in the Shops at Broad, a mixed-use lifestyle center with more than 500,000 square feet of retail.