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New York City Armory to Become Giant Ice Skating Center

by Associated Press
Kingsbridge Armory

Hobo Matt, flickr

Project Includes Nine Ice Rinks for Hockey and Ice Shows.

An empty New York City armory is set to be revived. The project is billed as the world's largest indoor ice skating facility.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the plan Tuesday for the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.

The project is to include nine rinks on two different levels. One rink would be designed to host hockey tournaments and ice shows, with seating for 5,000 people.

The city plans to lease the block-sized building to a private development group.

Construction is expected to start next year with $275 million in private money.

Officials say it could draw 2 million visitors a year.

The city solicited proposals for the armory after a shopping mall plan fell apart in 2009 over concerns about what store workers would be paid.




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