Oldsmar, Lightning Foundation Partner to Build Roller Hockey Rink
The outdoor roller/street hockey rink will be inside the Oldsmar Sports Complex and is the first ‘Lightning Made’ site in Pinellas County.
OLDSMAR – The Oldsmar City Council voted unanimously Tuesday (Aug. 7) to approve a cooperation and license agreement with the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation to build an outdoor roller/street hockey rink.
The future rink will be inside the Oldsmar Sports Complex, 3120 Tampa Road, and is the first “Lightning Made” site in Pinellas County.
“The Tampa Bay Lightning are true community partners,” Oldsmar Mayor Doug Bevis said. “The leadership provided with this agreement and the financial contribution provided for the outdoor rink are only a portion of what makes this a win-win opportunity for everyone.”
The initial costs from the city’s side will cover the required engineering to prepare the ground surface for the rink construction, and the concrete base itself.
“In my 30-plus years in local government, I have never been more excited about a project than I am about this one, for the opportunity to provide another exciting recreational option for our residents, and to establish an ongoing relationship with the classiest organization in professional sports today,” Oldsmar City Manager Al Braithwaite said.
The agreement provides that the Lightning Foundation, through funding from the NHL and NHL Players Association, will pay for the construction of the rink, provide equipment for community use, assist the city in setting up and running leagues, perform periodic clinics with Lightning alumni, and cross- promote the new facility. The Lightning have anticipated the cost to be at least $75,000; with an equal contribution from Oldsmar.
“We are very pleased to partner with the city of Oldsmar to provide the community with a place to play ball hockey,” said Jay Feaster, vice president of Community Hockey Development for the Tampa Bay Lightning. “Having distributed more than 84,000 Lightning-logoed sticks and balls throughout the Tampa Bay region and donated more than 300-sets of gear to area schools, we are thrilled to now provide places to play the game!”
To learn more about this and other Lightning community hockey programs, go to TampaBayLightning.com.
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