West Des Moines could soon be home to a large indoor hockey and soccer complex for youth and adult sports.
The $25 million project would be the first in the Des Moines metro to combine ice, turf and hardwood courts under one roof to meet a growing demand for indoor play.
“It’s a tremendous project,” said West Des Moines City Manager Tom Hadden. “It will help grow these sports in the area. There’s a lot of demand for it.”
There’s an estimated 17,000 youth and 1,500 adult soccer players in Central Iowa, according to data from the Iowa Soccer Association. Another 1,000 youths and 800 adults play ice sports, including figure skating and hockey, said Ryan Opp, president of Iowa Ice Sports Foundation.
Yet the number of indoor facilities is severely lacking, he said. There are currently three ice rinks and two indoor soccer fields in the metro.
“One of the things that has prevented growth is you have to have ice rinks to grow,” Opp said. “And the three in town are very, very busy. If they’re being used you can’t say ‘I’ll just go play ice hockey somewhere else.'”
Both organizations are working with the city of West Des Moines and an unnamed corporate sponsor to pay for and build the proposed sports complex. It would be located on 60-acres of farm land south of Grand Avenue and west of Interstate 35 near DMACC’s West Campus.
The facility would include two ice sheets, one with up to 1,500 spectators and the other 500. It would also have an attached field house with 97,500-square-feet of indoor turf space that can be divided by curtains into three separate fields. Another 26,000-square-feet would house basketball and volleyball courts.