The Nashville Predators are bringing a community ice rink to Bellevue, a move city leaders and team officials touted as an economic boon for the West Nashville neighborhood.
“It’s going to have a huge economic impact out here,” Mayor Megan Barry said at the announcement of the rink, which will be located at the One Bellevue Place on the site of the old Bellevue Center mall. “The project is a great start for Bellevue.”
The Bellevue ice center is the Predators’ second such development, following the Ford Ice Center in Antioch, which opened in 2014. The facility is slated to include two ice rinks, a community center a variety of other amenities.
Like the Antioch center, the Bellevue rink will be developed in partnership with Metro Nashville. Details of that partnership will require Metro Council approval, but Barry told the crowd at Thursday’s event she hopes the center will break ground later this year.
One Bellevue Place developer Tim Sittema, managing director with Crossland Southeast, said bringing the center to his $200 million project fits “exactly” with his vision for the site, a walkable, urban-style development that will span 87 acres. Now under construction, One Bellevue Place is set to include hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail and office space, along with a 337-unit apartment complex. (That latter portion is being developed by Crescent Communities of Charlotte, N.C.; a Home2Suites by Hilton is also headed to the site.)
Predators CEO Sean Henry said he and Sittema have been discussing the possibility of bringing an ice center to Bellevue for six years – despite, he joked, Sittema’s Blackhawks fandom.
“He knew this project and Bellevue could be better with another … ice center,” Henry said.
Eleanor Kennedy covers Music City’s tourism, hospitality and music business industries.