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IceoPlex at Southpointe

IceoPlex
The Plex
Full name IceoPlex at Southpointe
Location 114 Southpointe Boulevard
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Coordinates
Owner Southpointe Rink Associates[1]
Field size 65,000 sq ft (6,000 m2)[1]
Surface Ice, Turf
Opened May 20, 1995
Tenants
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington & Jefferson College
Southpointe Amateur Hockey Association

IceoPlex (also known as the IceoPlex at Southpointe) is a multi-purpose arena at exit 48 of Interstate 79[2] in the Pittsburgh suburb of Southpointe in Cecil Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania, United States. It has been the practice facility for the Pittsburgh Penguins since opening on May 20, 1995.[3] It is also home to Washington & Jefferson Presidents hockey[4] playing at the ACHA Division I level as a member of College Hockey Mid America Conference.

The IceoPlex opened in 1995, with Pittsburgh Penguins owner Howard Baldwin as one of the leaders in the project.[5] Upon its opening, American Figure Skating Champion Suzy Semanick worked as a skating instructor and David Hanson was as general manager.[5] In 2000, former Pittsburgh Steelers Robin Cole led a group of investors who attempted to purchase the Iceoplex to turn it into a community center.[6] In 2011, the owners, Southpointe Rink Associates, placed the facility for sale, asking $11 million.[6]

The facility employs about 15 full time people, with up to 175 during peak season.[6]

The building is also used for many youth/adult and recreational hockey programs, lacrosse leagues, roller hockey leagues, indoor soccer and basketball. There is also a health club and a restaurant that share the building.[1]

The Penguins are expected to move out of the IceoPlex by 2015 when the team's new purpose-built practice facility, the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, opens in Cranberry Township north of Pittsburgh.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b c Belko, Mark (March 1, 2012). "Iceoplex at Southpointe for sale at $11 million".  
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Hockey Links". Official IceoPlex Website. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Iceoplex at Southpointe LLC".  
  5. ^ a b Finder, Chuck (June 25, 1995). "Shating Champ Semanick Faces New Challenge". Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Retrieved 2010-03-01. 
  6. ^ a b c Spatter, Sam (March 1, 2012). "Penguins' Washington County practice facility on the market".  
  7. ^ Belko, Mark (July 16, 2013). "New site in Cranberry chosen for UPMC-Penguins joint development - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
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