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Dubuque Ice Center to bring USHL team

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - A long awaited ice arena is coming to Dubuque.  Wednesday afternoon representatives from Dubuque Community Ice and Recreation Center, Inc. (DICE), as well as Mayor Roy Buol and Mystique Casino officials gathered to announce the new arena.  After the Vision Iowa Board approved a $657,000 CAT Grant Wednesday morning, the plans were finalized. 

The building will break ground on November 2nd, on Chaplain Schmidt Island, currently being used as a soccer field. Schmidt Island is located in the McAleece Complex, directly across from Mystique Casino.  The new facility will host hockey, figure skating, broomball, public ice skating, learn-to-skate, teen skate and other ice activities.  The also announced the ice arena will be home to a United States Hockey League team, which will replace the Dubuque Thunder Birds hockey team.

The project started in April 1007, when the Dubuque Racing Association (Mystique Casino) contributed $1 million; the largest gift they've ever given on a project. In addition to the $1 million gift, DICE received money from the City of Dubuque and other donors.

The City of Dubuque is leasing the land for the facility at $1.00 a year, for 25 years.  The city will own the facility but will not incur any costs from it.  

In large part to the $1 million dollar gift from Mystique Casino, and it's location, the new area will be called Mystique Ice Center.  The 66,000 square foot arena will hold more than 3,200 people.  320 days a year, the facility will be open for public use.  30 to 40 nights per year the new USHL team will play on the ice. The new team will be owned by local and regional investors and compete with Cedar Rapids Roughriders and the Waterloo Blackhawks. Doors are expected to open in the new ice center in the fall of 2010.

Find out the concrete details tonight on the KWWL news at 6.  Then at 10, we'll find out what local hockey leagues think about having a new home, a place they'll share with the community.  

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires
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