New ice stadium to be built near Skalka

Modern training center should open at the start of 2018

A modern-design ice stadium called Padok Icerink is planned for Prague's Strašnice neighborhood in Prague 10. It should open to the public in January 2018. The stadium will be the first new one in 15 years and it will join eight others in the city. The structure will be financed by a privately run Padok Investments and cost some Kč 170 million.

The stadium will have two ice rinks measuring 28 by 56 meters, and be located between the ZŠ Olešská elementary school and the Jižní spojka highway about 700 meters from the Skalka metro shop. Padok Investments representative Vítězslav Kus told daily Mladá fronta Dnes that the rink is intended to get more young people on the ice.

Athletes and coaches prepared the concept of teaching and training. It will be based on a Nordic model where young hockey players undergo joint training with skaters to improve their skills on the ice. Former professional hockey player Martin Holý and European figure skating champion Tomáš Verner are involved in the project. The owners intend to start negotiations with schools in neighboring areas concerning cooperation. Both the Prague 10 district and the Czech Ice Hockey Association (ČSLH) support the idea.

The speed with which the project has progressed is unusual. The investors bought the lot a year ago, and it took 10 months the get zoning permission and building permits. The average time for getting permits is five years. Construction will also be quick and should start this year so the stadium can open in January 2018.

The stadium will use advanced technology that will cut operating expenses in half by increased efficiency in heating and cooling using residual energy. The other rinks in the city are outdated and relatively expensive to run. “Their appearance corresponds with their age,” Holý told Mladá fronta Dnes.

The Czech Republic has a strong reputation in ice hockey, and its national team is one of the Big Six, the unofficial group of the strongest ice hockey nations, along with Canada, Finland, Russia, Sweden and the United States. Czech players can be found on teams in North America's NFL and other top international leagues.

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