Lancerlot opens new ice rink after major renovation
The action wasn't on the ice when we visited the Lancerlot Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon, but around the edges, where contractors and staff were putting the finishing touches on the project.
But the ice is down, the resurfacing equipment is ready and the rink is already hosting adult and youth hockey teams. The Virginia Tech Hockey Team opens its season there on Friday night.
Jason Pollard is a co-owner of the Lancerlot Sports Complex.
"In a perfect world," Pollard told WDBJ7, "I think we're about 98 percent there."
The Virginia Lancers played their home games here in the late 80s, but it was the Blizzard of '93 that had the biggest impact on the building.
16 inches of snow fell during a weekend in March, causing the roof to collapse.
The building was repaired, but it's been 25 years since an ice rink has been part of the Lancerlot Sports Complex.
"Ten years ago, Valley Youth Hockey was dwindling with approximately 85 participants," Pollard said. "We now have well over 300, fully utilizing the ice here as well as the Berglund Center. On the adult leagues we have 15 teams this year. Virginia Tech's home schedule, as well, will be a tremendous asset to the community and the town of Vinton.
The threat of severe weather over the weekend, postponed the grand opening. The Lancerlot has rescheduled the event for Saturday September 29th.