Planet Ice Leeds: New ice rink will be home to professional ice hockey team with 2,000-capacity arena

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The owners of new Leeds ice rink Planet Ice want the venue to be home to a professional ice hockey franchise.

The owners of the site, which is currently under construction near Elland Road with a projected opening date in early 2019, are looking to speak to senior ice hockey teams interested in being based at the rink.

Planet Ice Leeds - which is part of a national chain - will have a 56x26-metre ice pad, 2,000-capacity arena with 1,800 fixed spectator seats, bar and catering facilities.

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Other groups, including junior ice hockey teams and figure skating clubs, will also be able to use the rink.

The men's franchise would begin operating in the 2019-20 ice hockey season.

To be eligible for consideration, interested parties will need to demonstrate that they have a sustainable business model. All applicants will be subject to a rigorous due diligence process and will be required to sign a non-disclosure agreement.

Any interested teams or organisations should email leeds@planet-ice.co.uk with their proposal before November 18.

Other community groups wishing to use the facility will be able to register their interest from mid-November onwards.

The ice rink project has been plagued by setbacks since construction began in 2016. A change of ownership saw the original Silver Lines brand become Planet Ice, and in 2017 wooden supports at the building site were damaged in a winter storm, delaying further work. Construction has now resumed and is around three-quarters complete.