VIDEO: Tour Wesley Chapel’s Florida Hospital Center Ice

Florida’s largest ice rink complex is under construction north of Tampa, and we’re getting a better sense of what it will look like.

Florida Hospital Center Ice’s website posted additional photos as well as this animated tour of the complex:

A few thoughts:

  • The polished look, large space and layout is unlike anything else in Florida. I could easily see this becoming the new practice home of the Tampa Bay Lightning, getting out of the Brandon Ice Sports Forum.
  • Furthering my speculation from above, the video shows a rendering of a professional locker room (there’s only one pro hockey team in Tampa) and shows that the pro shop will be operated by Rinkside Sports. Rinkside operates the pro shop in Brandon, which services Lightning players and partners with the team for merchandise and sweaters.
  • Sure, that could be an expansion for the business, but everything seems to be aligning to lure the Bolts to practice in Pasco County.
  • Hey, a fireplace! In Florida.
  • Video teases opening in “Early 2016” but man, is that aggressive after breaking ground in February of this year.

I think I’ll be asking my hockey buddies in Maryland to book a trip down to play in a tournament once it opens.

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