Fox Cities Champion Center takes next step

Posted on Sep 18, 2018 :: General, Insight on Business, Web Exclusive.
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An illustration shows what the permanent ice rink would look like.

The Fox Cities’ sports tourism market took a big leap forward today as construction crews begin work on the 164,000-square-foot Fox Cities Champion Center. Miron Construction Co. Inc. is serving as general contractor.

Built by the Town of Grand Chute Community Development Authority, the indoor sports venue will be located near the corner of Greenville Drive and McCarthy Road. The center is scheduled to open next fall and will feature a year-round ice rink with seating for up to 1,000, a fieldhouse with four basketball courts or eight volleyball courts and a seasonal arena that can be an ice rink or four basketball or four volleyball courts.

“The Fox Cities Champion Center is a game-changer for our sports tourism market,” Pam Seidl, executive

director of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau, said in a statement. “This facility is exactly what we need to continue driving growth in this segment of our tourism economy. It will be unique in Wisconsin and one of the best indoor facilities in the Upper Midwest.”

A study commissioned by the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau showed the facility will bring an estimated economic impact of up to $8.9 million in the first year as athletes and their families come to the community to participate in different sports tournaments.

The Fox Cities Champion Center will be operated by the not-for-profit Fox Cities Sports Development Inc., a subsidiary of the Fox Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sports Facilities Management and Appleton Ice Inc. will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility.

A portion of the room tax collected in 10 Fox Cities municipalities will be used to pay for the project.