FLINT TWP. — Flint’s Iceland Arenas will be getting a facelift this summer as it will be closed down for about six weeks in preparation of the upcoming hockey season this fall. Not only will Iceland be the official practice facility of the Ontario Hockey League’s Flint Firebirds, but it will also play host to their developmental program, the Flint Jr. Firebirds.
The doors were shut on June 18 and will remained closed until the beginning of August in order to put the facility on an elite level. Infrastructure upgrades will take place, as well as updates to the compressors and condensers. It will also get a new look, resembling that of the Firebirds’ franchise.
“We’re excited about this new era in youth hockey,” said Iceland Arenas General Manager Jason Lyon in a press release. “It gives us the opportunity to diversify our business and not only develop youth hockey players but all athletes in general. We think the local community will be impressed with what we unveil in August.”
One of Iceland’s three rinks will also receive a rather interesting upgrade — field turf. This will help service the demand for youth baseball, lacrosse and soccer. The field will also be used for strength and conditioning training by the Firebirds and Jr. Firebirds.
Locker room renovations will also take place to gear the facility up for the Firebirds’ training camp in August in order for the organization to have a processional level practice facility. — B.P.