The pending arrival of an NHL team in Seattle and the $950 million redevelopment of the new Seattle Center Arena (formerly KeyArena) to house the team is contributing to a surge of interest in hockey -- with the most recent example a just-announced $20 million hockey-arena development in Snoqualmie.
Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association and affiliated Sno-King Ice Sports ― nonprofit entities that sponsor youth and adult-hockey on the Eastside ― have inked a long-term lease deal at the planned Snoqualmie arena. The 72,500-square-foot arena will feature two NHL-sized ice sheets and is slated to open in the summer of 2020.
The new arena will cost “more than $20 million to develop,” with funding coming from several sources, “including a mix of loans, fundraising components and corporate sponsors,” according to Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association.
“Sno-King’s expansion to Snoqualmie is going to add over 6,500 hours of ice time to serve the entire Eastside market and beyond for many years to come, which will be critical as we grow hockey, figure skating and adult hockey leagues throughout the region,” says Dave Blanchard, executive director of Sno-King. “We are planning to add 1,600 youth and 1,000 adults to our learn-to-play and competitive youth and adult ice-sports programs as a result of this new arena.”
Arena construction is expected to begin this summer at the site, 35300 S.E. Douglas St. in Snoqualmie Ridge. The arena’s developer is the Razwick family, former owners of Technical Glass Products.
Sno-King Ice Sports currently leases two ice-rink facilities owned by the Sno-King Amateur Hockey Association that feature a total of two NHL-size ice sheets and a smaller skating rink. Those facilities are in Renton and Kirkland.
“NHL Seattle is thrilled to see Sno-King expanding into Snoqualmie,” says Tod Leiweke, CEO of NHL Seattle, the owner of Seattle’s new NHL franchise. “The future arrival of the NHL into our area is already generating increased interest in ice hockey and figure skating programs on a regional level, and we are pleased to see local partners like Sno-King rising to meet this demand.”
Last October, Simon Property Group announced it would add the new NHL team’s corporate headquarters and training center to its renovation of Northgate Mall. The training center will be built within the center of the property and will include three full-sized skating rinks, including one for open skating. There are currently no ice rinks within Seattle city limits.