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Dubuque's Mystique Community Ice Center opens

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- After more than 10 months of construction, the community ice center officially opened Saturday.

The $7.1 million facility is home to the Dubuque Fighting Saints junior hockey team, as well as community hockey leagues and figure skating.

Both private and public money went into the ice center, and the Dubuque Racing Association said the project is virtually debt free now, upon completion.

Dubuque Community Ice and Recreation president Bob Woodward said the facility's professional look amazes some people.

"For those of you who have walked in and looked around and said, 'I can't believe we're in Dubuque,' yes, we are in Dubuque. This is Dubuque," Woodward said.

Hockey mom Peggy Sindt said the center has more space than the Five Flags Civic Center, the former Dubuque ice arena.

"Five flags certainly was crowded. The kids were changing clothes often times in a hallway with a curtain. The locker rooms were not big enough, there was not enough room for that," Sindt said. "That won't happen here. They have a lot of additional space...It's something that we can be proud of when other families come in from all over the area

for their kids to play hockey or use it for something else."

The Dubuque Fighting Saints took on the Cedar Falls Roughriders Saturday evening in exhibition. The Fighting Saints' first regular season game is October 1 in Omaha.

Online Reporter Becca Habegger

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