- The Washington Times - Friday, June 10, 2005


The Washington Capitals and officials from Arlington County will conduct a ceremonial “ice-breaking” at 2 p.m. tomorrow to kick off construction of the team’s new training facility and community ice rink.

The ceremony will take place at the lower level of the Ballston Common Mall at North Glebe Road and North Randolph Street. Among those expected to be present are Arlington County board chairman Jay Fisette and Ted Leonsis, majority owner of the Caps.

The team is planning a four-hour celebration at the mall beginning at 1 p.m. that will include appearances by former Caps Rod Langway, Kelly Miller, Al Iafrate and possibly others.

The new facility is being built atop an existing seven-story parking garage adjacent to the mall. The facility will be owned by the county and leased to the team, which will operate it and manage all community programs.

The training facility will be a 137,000-square-foot complex that will include two NHL-size rinks with seating for about 1,200, press facilities and space for special events. It will also include a 20,000-square-foot training center with a weight and fitness room, extensive training and medical facilities, a large dressing room and lounge area and a video room.

The complex also will house the team’s front office staff, which now works out of an office building in the District. The team has been using Piney Orchard Ice Arena in Odenton, Md., since 1991 for practice and training.

The Ballston Common facility will be the first indoor ice rink inside the Beltway in Virginia. It will have ice available seven days a week throughout the year with space for special events.

Dave Fay

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