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Groundbreaking Held Wednesday For Hockey Center In Antioch

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A groundbreaking will be held Wednesday afternoon for the new hockey facility at the Global Mall at the Crossings in Antioch.

Mayor Karl Dean along with officials with the Nashville Predators will be on hand for the ceremony at 2 p.m.

The hockey center is part of multi-million dollar project that started with the construction of a new community center, library and park.

The 86,000 square-foot hockey center will double as a practice facility for the Predators. The Predators organization will manage the rink, which will be available for community use and to help expand youth hockey programs.

The $14-million hockey center will be two stories, and will include two multi-purpose ice rinks, team rooms, meeting rooms and an observation mezzanine. There will be space for concessions, as well as an ice skate rental and repair center. A covered walkway will connect it to the library and community center.

The $32-million complex is expected to open in late summer of 2014.

The community center and library will be housed in the former JCPenney building, which will be renovated. They will share a large common area that connects to the mall. A 3.7-acre park will be built outside its front doors in what is now a parking lot.

The 46,000-square-foot community center will include an indoor gym, elevated walking track, dance studio, wellness equipment, flexible meeting spaces, locker rooms and a roof-top terrace.

The park will include a walking trail, playground and a pavilion. Some 250 trees will be planted throughout the sight. The park will include rain gardens, bike racks, benches and WiFi wireless access. There will also space to accommodate outdoor concerts.

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