NESV opens soon!
The main ice rink in New England Sports Village is scheduled to open two weeks from Friday, and many pairs of hockey and figure skates are being sharpened in anticipation.
Two others rinks will follow in quick succession in the $17 million venue, the first structure to be constructed as part of a $53 million sports campus sprawling over 104 acres off Commerce Way.
The second full-size rink will open about two weeks after the first, and a “studio” size, or half-rink will follow about two weeks after that.
Sports Village spokeswoman Alex Fitzgerald said contractors are on schedule for completing the main or “premier” rink on Oct. 14.
First to take the ice will be a variety of youth programs, which will start practice sessions, “on or about” Oct. 15, she said.
One of those programs will be the 95 Giants Hockey Club, an elite youth hockey program.
Tenants are scheduled to start moving in on Nov. 1, and a grand opening will take place sometime in early December, she said.
One of the tenants will be DAJ Hockey Skills, a hockey school run by David A. Jensen, a former Olympian and National Hockey League player.
Another is Athletic Performance Training, which is billed as an “elite strength and conditioning center.”Pete Tormey, a former captain of the University of Massachusetts at Lowell hockey team and professional hockey player, will head up the the center.
APT is currently located on Cape Cod and has programs for all ages and levels from youth to adult, as well as beginners to elite athletes.
For skaters dedicated to a more artistic form of skating, Ocean State Ice Theatre will also be located at the Sports Village.
The group is coached by Sarah DiNardo, a North Attleboro resident and four-time gold medalist for the United States Figure Skating organization.
Also on tap is a goaltending school, Goaltending Development Services, owned by Mike Buckley, the goaltending development coach of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Meanwhile, a junior hockey team made up of players in their late teens and early 20s called Northeast Generals will be skating out of the Sports Village and have four games scheduled in the arena for the 2016-2017 season. The team is a member of the North American 3 Hockey League
Generals’ games are scheduled for Oct. 29 and Jan. 6, 7 and 8.
Hockey and figure skaters won’t be the only occupants.
A proshop called 95 Gear will be opening in November.
And for the hungry skaters, or those watching, there will be plenty of snacks and meals available.
A Yogurt Beach, a Dunkin’ Donuts and a concession stand will be located in the building, along with a full-service restaurant, The Barn Food and Spirits.
The eateries are expected to open in late November or December.
Fitzgerald said there’s “a rumor” that the Stanley Cup will make an appearance at the facility at some point.