Q: Why do we need an indoor ice complex in Brandon?
A: Brandon Valley hockey participation continues to grow and mature. More ice time is needed to host practices, games and eventually tournaments to support this growth. To continue to function and compete with other teams, our youth need a place to reliably and consistently practice and play games. Weather conditions in our area do not allow for the current natural outdoor ice rink in McHardy Park to meet this need. It also takes numerous man hours (mostly volunteer) to operate this ice rink. In addition, the Scheels Ice Plex in Sioux Falls is operating near 100% capacity WITHOUT including a growing Brandon Valley hockey program.
Q: Will the facility be open to the public?
A: Yes. We plan to include public open skating & open hockey in our weekly schedule. A nominal fee would be charged for participants. We also plan to offer skate rental, when funding is available for purchasing rental skates. In addition, the facility can be rented for business outings, private parties or community events (such as farmers markets, craft fairs, sportmans' expos, farm shows & auto shows).
Q: Why should I donate to this project?
A: This project will support Brandon’s youth by providing them with a facility in which to participate in ice sports. By hosting games, tournaments and skills camps, the facility will have an economic uplift during the winter months when many businesses see a slowdown. Additionally, families will no longer need to travel to surrounding communities to participate in ice sports.
Q: Where will the indoor rink be located?
A: The current plan is to build the rink south of Aspen Park, on property the City of Brandon is negotiating to purchase.
Q: Who will own the indoor ice rink once it is built?
A: The Brandon Valley Ice and Inline Hockey Association (aka BVHA), a 501©3 non-profit corporation, will retain ownership and management of the indoor rink. The City of Brandon will retain ownership of the land, if it is located in Aspen Park.
Q: Will this facility require public subsidies to operate?
A: No. Our projections and operating budget indicate by building the new facility without a mortgage, the ice rink will be self-sufficient based upon current demand for indoor ice. Additional revenue is expected to be generated by hosting a variety of public & private events during off-seasons. These events could include: farmers markets, craft fairs, sportsman’s shows, home shows, farms shows, and other community events.
Q: Will this facility be limited to just ice hockey?
A: No. We predict other ice sports will find a home in our community once the facility is built. Other ice sports could include: figure skating, curling, sledge hockey (for disabled & abled-bodied individuals) and broom ball.
Q: What are the current ice hockey participation numbers?
A: There were almost 85 boys and girls aged 3-13 for the 2016-2017 season. We predict this will grow to 200+ in the 3-5 years after completion of the indoor rink. Also, there were over 100 combined participants at “Try Hockey for Free” events we have held.