Kettler Capitals Iceplex

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Kettler Capitals Iceplex
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Former names Ballston Ice Arena (name during planning and construction)
Location Ballston neighborhood
Public transit Washington Metro (Ballston–MU station)
Owner Arlington County
Capacity 1,200
Surface 200' x 85' (Rinks 1 and 2)
Opened November, 2006
Construction cost $42.8 million
Architect William R. Drury
Georgetown University
George Washington University
NOVA Cool Cats special hockey team
DC Sled Sharks
Washington Capitals (practice facility)

Kettler Capitals Iceplex is the practice arena of the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League. The highest ice rink above street-level in the United States, it is located on the eighth floor atop the parking garage adjoining the Ballston Common Mall in the Ballston neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia.[1]

Opened in 2006, the 137,000-square-foot (12,700 m2) facility, which is owned by Arlington County and leased to the Capitals, houses two full-NHL-sized ice rinks with seating for 1,200, a training center, a proshop, and offices for staff of both the Capitals team and the WNBA's Washington Mystics team.

The Capitals spend about 300 hours annually practicing at the arena, which has 12,000 hours of ice time available annually. The Iceplex also serves as the home ice for the club teams of Georgetown University and George Washington University. The Iceplex also runs an adult league for amateur hockey players. It is regularly available for recreational use, and hosts "Learn to Skate" camps and lessons throughout the year.[1][2]

The IcePlex is also home to the NOVA Cool Cats special hockey team, which practices and has home games at the IcePlex, and the DC Sled Sharks, a sledge hockey team for physically disabled youths 18 and under, which plays in the Delaware Valley Sled Hockey League. [1] [2]

The IcePlex served as the initial inspiration for the building of HarborCenter in Buffalo, New York by the Buffalo Sabres and Terrence Pegula. HarborCenter serves a similar purpose to the IcePlex.[3]


The Capitals had long practiced at a rink in Piney Orchard, Maryland, near the Capital Centre, even after the team moved to downtown Washington, D.C. in 1997. Arlington County, Virginia had purchased the parking garage at the Parkington Shopping Center in 1984 as part of an economic development plan in the Ballston area. The facility was subsequently renamed the Ballston Public Parking Garage, and the original 1950’s structure was renovated and expanded to provide 2,800 parking spaces on seven floors. This expansion was financed with $22.3 million in variable rate revenue bond. Ted Leonsis, who bought the Capitals in 1999, began looking to build a new practice facility and in 2004, the team secured agreements with Arlington County to build a new rink on top of the Ballston Public Parking Garage.

The building was designed by William R. Drury of the Reston, Virginia based firm, Architecture, Incorporated, and completed in November 2006 at a cost of $42.8 million.[1] It is built to LEED standards, though was not registered with the Green Building Council to receive a certification. It is not fully handicapped accessible.[4] The facility totals 137,000 square-feet and includes two indoor NHL-sized ice rinks, office space, 8 player locker rooms, a full-service ProShop, a Capitals Team Store, a snack bar, and spaces for special events. In addition, it includes a 20,000 square foot training center for the Capitals, containing an athletic-training and medical facilities, a weight room and fitness room, a locker room and lounge area, a high-tech theatre-style classroom and a video room.[5] An additional level, above the training facility, houses office space for the entire front-office staff of the Capitals and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics.

Originally named Ballston Ice Arena, it was renamed by Washington, D.C. area real estate developer Robert C. Kettler.[6] His firm, KSI Services, bought the naming rights to the arena on November 1, 2006, for seven years at $400,000 per year. The arena opened with its first practice 10 days later.[7] In 2010, the Arlington County Board recognized the facility in the inaugural DESIGNArlington awards.[8]


  1. ^ a b c Stuever, Michael (March–April 2007). "Kettler Capitals Iceplex" (PDF). Rink Magazine. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 7, 2011. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  2. ^ Giannotto, Mark (July 13, 2009). "Beat the Heat With Hockey". Reston Connection. Retrieved July 29, 2010. [permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ Kelly, John (February 22, 2007). "At the Ice Rink, Left Out in the Cold". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Monumental Sports & Entertainment". Retrieved February 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Clabaugh, Jeff (November 1, 2006). "KSI buys naming rights to Capitals practice facility". Washington Business Journal. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  7. ^ El-Bashir, Tarik (November 11, 2006). "Capitals Bring Old Baggage to New Facility". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 
  8. ^ Goodman, Christy (February 11, 2010). "Alexandria and Arlington news briefs". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 29, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 38°52′43.42″N 77°6′35.98″W / 38.8787278°N 77.1099944°W / 38.8787278; -77.1099944