Most hockey players have been to a hockey center that houses more than one ice pad to play on. The city of Toronto is considering building a state of the art 4-plex arena that has ice rinks stacked on top of one another. The arena will cost about $88 million, about 250% more than the average 4-plex.
Though the economical cost is high, this rink is a great idea.
The proposed rink is LEED certified. Meaning that it has a much lower environmental impact. In this transitional age, many cities, nation and people need to be more conscious of the environment and implementing it into every day life, including sports activities. The energy runs vertically, making it more efficient, than a traditional sprawling sports complex.
Architectural Wonder- This will be a sight to be seen in Toronto. Architecture tends to become part of a city's identity.
Possibilities- If this rink is built and works as expected, this will be great for the sport of hockey. For years, there has been a downward trend in dense urban areas of people skating and playing hockey. Lack of space for rinks is the biggest factor. With this stacked idea, 4 rinks can be built on the same amount of property as one.
Think of what this now can do world wide, in cities such as Tokyo, New York, or Munich.
Other sports, such as basketball and tennis, can build facilities that emulate this stacked rink that suit their urban needs.
Check out Vanessa Liu's article from the Toronto Star at:
The article provides some insight and concept drawing of the arena.
It will be years before this rink is built. It will be great achievement in architectural design and benefit hockey and sport.