IceoPlex at Southpointe

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Iceoplex
The Plex
Iceoplex logo.png
Full name Iceoplex at Southpointe
Location 114 Southpointe Boulevard
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates 40°16′40.5″N 80°9′41.5″W / 40.277917°N 80.161528°W / 40.277917; -80.161528
Owner Southpointe Rink Associates[1]
Field size 65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2)[1]
Surface Ice, Turf, Sport Court
Construction
Opened May 20, 1995
Renovated 2011
Tenants
Pittsburgh Penguins
Southpointe Amateur Hockey Association

IceoPlex (also known as the IceoPlex at Southpointe) is a multi-purpose dual arena facility located at exit 48 of Interstate 79[2] in the Pittsburgh business park of Southpointe in Cecil Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. It has been the practice facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins since opening on May 20, 1995.[3]

The IceoPlex opened in 1995, with Pittsburgh Penguins owner Howard Baldwin as one of the leaders in the project.[4] Upon its opening, American Figure Skating Champion Suzy Semanick worked as a skating instructor and David Hanson was as general manager.[4] In 2000, former Pittsburgh Steelers Robin Cole led a group of investors who attempted to purchase the Iceoplex to turn it into a community center.[5] In 2011, the owners, Southpointe Rink Associates, placed the facility for sale, asking $11 million.[5]

The facility employs about 15 full time people, with up to fifty during peak season.[5]

The building is also used for many youth/adult and recreational programs such as ice hockey, dek hockey, figure skating, flag football, lacrosse, roller hockey, indoor soccer, volleyball, and basketball as well as a summer camp program. There is also a state-of-the-art health club, Bodytech, and a restaurant BLVD Pub & Kitchen on-site.[1]

In addition to recreational sports, the Iceoplex also has a corporate meeting room, party rooms and has started renting their recreational/dry arena for trade show/ large event use. [6]

The Penguins are expected to move out of the Iceoplex by 2015 when the team's new purpose-built practice facility, the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, opens in Cranberry Township north of Pittsburgh.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Belko, Mark (March 1, 2012). "Iceoplex at Southpointe for sale at $11 million". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Hockey Links". Official IceoPlex Website. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b Finder, Chuck (June 25, 1995). "Shating Champ Semanick Faces New Challenge". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  5. ^ a b c Spatter, Sam (March 1, 2012). "Penguins' Washington County practice facility on the market". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved 2012-03-05. 
  6. ^ http://iceoplexatsouthpointe.com
  7. ^ Belko, Mark (July 16, 2013). "New site in Cranberry chosen for UPMC-Penguins joint development - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.