Daily Digs: $20M Ice Arena in N.Y., College Athletic Fieldhouse, 43-Court Pickleball Complex

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A new $20 million ice arena in New York state — Paddock Chevrolet Ice Arena — will open where a community pool once stood. 

The former pool in the Town of Tonawanda needed $2 million in upgrades, and with pool popularity waning, city officials decided to build a new ice rink instead.

The arena will have more amenities than the previous rinks in the town, including more seating, showers and better food options.

The arena seats 660 people downstairs and another couple hundred upstairs in the mezzanine.

The arena will boast four locker rooms with showers, including a designated locker room for refs, and women playing in co-ed leagues. Skate sharpening can also be done right there.

Alma College is planning to construct a new 78,080-square-foot off-campus athletic fieldhouse.

The complex will include a regulation indoor track, drop down batting cages, locker rooms, office space and a meeting room.


There will also be a large artificial turf infield inside the track that will permit an indoor practice facility for the college’s athletic teams. 

The fieldhouse will be built on Charles Avenue near the college’s baseball and soccer fields.

Members of the city of Alma planning commission approved a site plan for the facility submitted by the college earlier this year. The property is coming into the city as a result of a land transfer agreement with Pine River Township that will allow the new facility access to city water and sewer services.


  • A 43-court pickleball complex under construction in Fort Lauderdale’s Snyder Park is expected to open by the end of the year. The project, which is being called the world’s first pickleball stadium, calls for restaurant, weatherproof courts, luxury suites, golf simulators, a dart room, volleyball, a game yard with live music and a 4,000-square-foot event center. Players will pay a fee to use the courts between 6 a.m. and midnight, with discounts given to residents. But the 8-acre complex going up on public land is not without controversy: Homeowners who live nearby say they are not looking forward to the noise and traffic the stadium will bring. Critics are also up in arms about losing an estimated 313 trees that need to be taken down to make way for the new pickleball courts.

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