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Flanked by youth hockey players and his highschool classmate, Tampa Bay Lightning legend Dave Andreychuk, Zimmermann said the $20 million Cypress Creek Ice & Sports Complex could open as early as 2015.
Zimmermann and partner George Mitchell closed Thursday morning on the $2.6 million, 13-acre site at Interstate 75/State Road 56. They have a contract on the adjoining 3-acre site for the five-story hotel project.
At 150,500 square feet, the complex would have four full-size rinks, including one Olympic-size hockey rink and two mini-rinks. The building would include a multipurpose pad that could be used for indoor sports like tennis, basketball, lacrosse or events like dog shows, job seminars, conventions or even high school graduations.
But Zimmermann said the main purpose of the facility is ice.
The figure skating community is going to love this facility, Zimmermann said. With the international rink, we can do Olympic training for hockey. We'll be able to do whatever we like there. We might even get some NHL teams practicing there.
The building will feature multiple locker room facilities and a second-floor restaurant with nearly 500 seats.
It will be perfect for USF games, Zimmermann said.
The university's team already has expressed an interest in making Cypress Creek its home ice, he said.