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Make the HIP Happen

02/16/2024 07:00AM ● By Ski Town Media
(Howelsen Ice Arena hosts competitive curling leagues, is home to the Stampede Youth Hockey, and showcases figure skating performances. Courtesy of Howelsen Ice Arena.) 

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Steamboat Springs, CO - Hip, hip hooray: the Howelsen Ice Pavilion (HIP, for short) is the highly anticipated Howelsen Ice Arena expansion project. 

“The current arena is over capacity for the needs of our Steamboat community,” says Kerry Shea, fundraising chair for the project and president of the board of the Youth Hockey Association.

“From introductory youth hockey and figure skating programs to adult recreational leagues, there is no available ice time and every program has long wait lists with growing demands.” 

The completion of the project will provide the Yampa Valley with a second ice rink. This one will be a covered, open-air, multi-use facility with an NHL-sized rink, a practice rink, locker rooms and a dryland training area. 

While the HIP will directly impact winter sports-related user groups of ice hockey, figure skating, curling, bumper cars and public skate, it will also provide year-round opportunities for all community members offering another venue in which to participate in activities like soccer, baseball, lacrosse, city programs, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, the arts and special events. 

The fundraising committee, which consists of representatives from the Steamboat Springs Youth Hockey Association, Steamboat Skating Club, Steamboat Curling Club and the Ice Rink Advisory Committee, is aiming to raise $6 million by early 2024 in order to have the new facility up and running by 2025. 

“Our goal is community-based programming for today and future generations,” Kerry says. “This expanded facility will provide an opportunity to reduce travel, expand local programming and increase accessibility for our community throughout the year.”

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