ABQ’s ‘Outpost’ ice rink receives principal renovation for brand spanking new hockey franchise

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Albuquerque simply was given a brand new soccer group, and now a brand new hockey team is on the way, bringing millions in improvements to where they will play.  In northeast Albuquerque, the Outpost Ice Arenas is present to process a $2 million upkeep that consists of improvements across clearly the entire facility.  The enhancements come as Albuquerque’s most effective ice rink lately got a brand new owner and will quickly welcome a brand new junior hockey league crew, the New Mexico Ice Wolves.  “We experience incredible approximately what we are doing right here,” said Stan E. Hubbard, owner of the Outpost and New Mexico Ice Wolves.  An Albuquerque resident and broadcast govt, Hubbard completed the purchase of the Outpost Ice Arenas in August. Since then, he’s been operating on solving it up.

“We have loads to do, but we sense actual exact about where it is at,” said Hubbard.  The Outpost Ice Arenas has been a network fixture for more than three decades, operating off Tramway Boulevard near Paseo del Norte within the Albuquerque Foothills.   ”We’re trying to include the community, embrace people that love ice sports activities, and convey greater people into it as well,” stated Hubbard of the brand new renovations at the facility.  Hubbard is likewise the New Mexico Ice Wolves owner, a variety team inside the North American Hockey League. The group is anticipated to play its first season at the Outpost Ice Arenas in the fall of 2019.

“It’s a huge deal; those are some of the pinnacle 17, 18, 19-year-vintage gamers in the global,” said Hubbard.  Until their season starts offevolved, it’s upgraded for the whole thing at the facility, consisting of a new seasoned-store, LED lights replacements, and a variety of popular facility preservation, like cleansing and portray.  “The locker rooms and bathe facilities have all been significantly wiped clean up and painted,” said Hubbard.  Some of the bleachers will be taken out soon for seats with chair backs for the Ice Wolves games.  In April, Hubbard says crews will begin the heavy lifting of re-leveling the rink.  “The ice has in no way been taken out, the ice is going to come out, all of the glass is going to be replaced,” stated Hubbard.

Hubbard hopes all of it will help carry out the community and continue ice sports into New Mexico for decades to come.  “It’s for human beings that love ice sports, and those which can be going to love ice sports 10:54 and don’t even are aware of it yet,” said Hubbard.  To do the rink renovations, the Outpost will close for the month of April and reopen in mid-May.  The New Mexico Ice Wolves hockey team hasn’t had its timetable set but; however, the team is planning for its debut to be for the 2019-2020 season. These days, they hired a head train and could begin tryouts in July.