CASPER, Wyo. — The Casper Ice Arena could potentially see an expansion. The Casper Amateur Hocky Club hopes to have a new facility built to house a second ice rink.
They say that having the second rink would allow Casper to host more tournaments and events.
The Casper City Council authorized professional services contract with 292 Design Group, Inc. to conduct a market feasibility study for a “Casper Ice/Multi-Sports Complex.”
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The $21,500 needed to contract 292 Design Group will be paid by the Casper Amateur Hockey Club.
When the hockey club first brought their proposal to the city council in June, their representatives said the new facility would have an estimated cost of $8 to $9 million.
In addition to possibly bringing more events to Casper, the added space would alleviate crowded use from various groups at the current facility.
“We have a lot of users using this ice, the impact is just huge,” the hockey club’s Pat Bower told the council.
He added that children are often finishing practice at the current facility after 10 pm due to the high use.
Bower said that the City is actually losing revenue because they are unable to book additional tournaments and events due to there being minimal open time slots to rent out the space.
He said that $85,000-$95,000 can be generated from a single weekend tournament, gathering that estimate from Visit Casper information.
Bower added that adding a second sheet would make it the only facility in the state with two rinks.
“I feel like this puts us on a map for the future,” he said, adding that it could draw people from around the state and country to Casper.
The Casper Ice Arena is located at 1801 East 4th Street in Casper.