IceDome set to reopen
THERE was good news for Dundalk’s ice hockey fans and ice skating enthusiasts this week, with plans emerging for the ice dome to be re-opened in the near future.
Since the closure of the Ice Dome in 2010, hopes have been high that it would be taken over by new management and re-opened.
Now, over eight years later, plans are afoot to open the venue again, after the Irish Ice Hockey Association (IIHA) tweeted the news.
‘IIHA is pleased to announce that DKIT has accepted the tender offer of the management group working with the IIHA to reopen the Dundalk Ice Dome. Final stages of the lease agreement are underway. We will inform you when they are complete. Opening date will be furnished upon completion of agreement.’
Originally opened in 2006, the Dundalk Ice Dome was the first permanent ice arena in Ireland, and aimed to become the centre of excellence for ice hockey in Ireland. It was home to the Irish national ice hockey squad and local team the Dundalk Bulls, and held international ice skating events But it was then closed in early May 2010, and the site was later bought over by DkIT.
Commenting on reports of the reopening, a DkIT spokesman said: ‘Dundalk Institute of Technology is in the process of exploring options around letting the DkIT-owned Ice Dome property in Dundalk Retail Park. The Institute will announce further details of this engagement once due process has been carried out.’