On Wednesday, Chicago City Council unanimously approved the Blackhawks plans for a 127,000-square-foot training facility.
The community training center is planned to include two NHL regulation-size ice rinks, spectator seating, concessions, and parking, and will be built where Malcolm X College’s old buildings stand. According to the Blackhawks, “94 percent of the facilities operations will center on community programming including programs for those that may not have the means to play otherwise.”
It will also serve as the primary practice home of the Blackhawks, replacing Johnny’s West. The Hawks indicate the facility is expected to open in the fall of 2018.
From the release:
“The Blackhawks are excited not only for what this new facility will do for our franchise but for the benefits it will bring to the community at large,” said Blackhawks President & CEO John McDonough. “We are grateful for the support of Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Burnett, and the entire city leadership team, all of whom have been instrumental throughout the approval process.”