NHL ice hockey franchise the Anaheim Ducks has struck a naming-rights deal for its Great Park ice and sports complex training ground with local development company FivePoint.
The 280,000-square-foot arena is set to open in 2018 and will serve as a practice facility for the Ducks. It will also offer a variety of ice sports including youth and adult hockey programs, tournaments, figure skating, curling, broomball, sled hockey and public open skating.
The California facility will include four sheets of ice, and the main arena will include seating for 2,500 spectators, giving the area’s high school hockey league an appropriate location to host highly-attended games.
“The Anaheim Ducks are a world-class sports organisation and we are excited to be part of their new Irvine complex which will become a major destination for youth hockey and another shining example of the progress being made to deliver the Orange County Great Park as promised,” said Emile Haddad, chairman and chief executive of FivePoint.
“We are proud to put our name on a facility that will become an anchor for one of the largest sports parks in the nation. It’s an exciting moment for Irvine and all of Orange County.”
Through its partnership with Heritage Fields El Toro, FivePoint is developing a mix of residential, educational, recreational and future commercial across 2,100 acres around the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, one of the area’s more well-known landmarks.
As part of its agreement with the City of Irvine, FivePoint is spending up to $250m to develop 688 acres of the Great Park, including the Irvine Sports Park with a 2,500-seat soccer stadium, tennis courts, separate baseball and softball complexes, sand volleyball courts and flex fields for rugby, lacrosse and cricket.
The first phase of this 175-acre sports facility is set to open later this summer and it will be one of the largest in the nation.
“We are excited to have FivePoint as a partner of the brand new state-of-the-art Ice and Sports Complex in the Irvine Great Park,” added Michael Schulman, chief executive of the Ducks.