Capital Ice Complex has grand opening celebration

BISMARCK, N.D. - The new Capital Ice Complex is officially open for business and Wednesday night the community had the chance to test out the facilities.

As the weather turns cold and sports move indoors for the next couple months, skaters have a new place to hit the ice.

“It’s really exciting because now we can possibly get more ice time and we have the new area up there where we can do off ice where we can kind of just work on other things while we're not on the ice,” figure skater Riley Scott said.

“It's pretty cool, I like all the designs and how there’s a fitness room and then all this area it's really nice,” Isabelle Iersland said.

The Capital Ice Complex includes Schaumberg Arena with some updates, as well as the new Wachter Arena. The new construction also includes off-ice training rooms, a new lobby, stadium seating, six new locker rooms and a concession stand inside a mezzanine level that looks down on both rinks. The new space is designed to give everyone a chance to lace up the skates more often.

“We will have one additional sheet of ice which will provide more skating opportunities for the people involved in youth hockey, adult hockey, figure skaters,” said Randy Bina, Bismarck Parks and Recreation Executive Director.

After four years of planning and building, officials are happy it is finally open.

“It will be nice to go to the facility and watch people use the facility and enjoy the facility,” Bina said.

Twenty-three teams are set to hit the ice this weekend in the first youth hockey tournament at the complex.