Williston's Hockey Arena fundraising begins
A group of Williston residents is raising money to build a $32 million hockey complex using an airplane hangar at the decommissioned Sloulin Field International Airport.
Power Play Project Board Members say the current number of hockey players exceeds the capacity of Williston’s two indoor rinks. Board Member Josh Kringen said at times there are 100 skaters practicing on one rink, and some teams are there until 10 at night.
School population projections show the number of Williston hockey players could increase by 40% in 10 years.
Kringen says the three-rink arena is not only a need, but an economic impact study showed it would bring in more than $3.4 million a year to other local businesses.
“There could be six to 10 teams there every weekend, and each team is going to have 10 to 15 skaters, plus other siblings. They’ll be eating, staying in hotels, and shopping, so it would be a pretty significant impact," said Kringen.
The board's goal is to start construction in spring of 2021, but they still need to find investors.
“That’s been our biggest hurdle, is getting that first person to take the plunge. But we feel pretty confident that we’re close to that first person and should have some exciting news coming out here shortly,” added Kringen.
The complex will also have Curling Club rooms, as well as host other sporting events, concerts and community functions.