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Nashville Predators News: New Hockey Rink, Practice Facility Coming to Hickory Hollow

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Today the Tennessean followed up a report from Friday by WSMV, with news that Monday's Summer Festival being put on by the Nashville Predators at the site of the former Hickory Hollow Mall in Antioch will indeed feature the announcement that more ice is coming to our city:

The hockey rink will also double as a practice facility for the National Hockey League franchise. The rink is planned near the north entrance of the mall next to where city officials will break ground on Monday for a new library, regional community center and park. An agreement between the city and owners of the re-branded Global Mall at the Crossings to swap parking lot space should pave the way for the new rink.

Development details, including the cost, are expected to be revealed at Monday's announcment.

--- Getahn Ward, The Tennessean

This area is long overdue for another sheet (or two, or four...) of ice, as hockey leagues are usually maxed out and players are required to play late at night. When I first moved here it took a year to get on to a rec league team, simply because there were no regular spots available. As the sport becomes more popular, but rinks are fully utilized, you reach a situation where some folks can get squeezed out, and the opportunity to build upon that growth can be missed.

The location adds a nice complement to A-Game in Cool Springs, and Centennial Sportsplex in Nashville. I'm sure people on the north side of town are itching for a facility to be added up there, too, but this is important progress, and makes hockey much more accessible to potential players from Rutherford County to the southeast of the city.

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We'll await further details on Monday, but the new rink can't open soon enough...