Irvine on Ice
That venue will be named FivePoint Arena at Great Park Ice, after the city council unanimously approved the Anaheim Ducks’ and Irvine Ice Foundation’s proposal to so name it. FivePoint is supporting the foundation and youth sports in Irvine by contributing $2.18 million over 10.5 years for the naming rights.
Henry and Susan Samueli, owners of the Anaheim Ducks NHL hockey team, are the major benefactors of the $100 million facility through the nonprofit Irvine Ice Foundation. The facility will be operated under a 50-year lease with the city, with the option for a 50-year extension. After the lease is up the facility will revert to city ownership for $10.
“We are excited to have FivePoint as a partner of the brand new state-of-the-art ice and sports complex in the Irvine Great Park,” said Michael Schulman, chief executive officer of the Anaheim Ducks.
“FivePoint has been an essential part of the development of the Great Park and continues to support community assets that have established the area as a destination for recreation and sports. Ice hockey participation in Orange County, including youth, high school and adult, has seen exponential growth in just the past few years and we are happy to provide new resources that will help meet the growing need for ice time in the area,” Schulman said.
The Great Park Ice Complex will offer a variety of ice sports, including youth and adult hockey programs; local, regional and national tournaments; figure skating and ice dancing; curling; broomball; sled hockey, city community services lessons, camps and recreation programs; and open public skating.
The facility will also be used as a practice facility for the Ducks, and will have dining and outdoor amenities as well.
“The Anaheim Ducks are a world-class sports organization and we are excited to be part of their new Irvine complex, which will become a major destination for youth hockey and another shining example of the progress being made to deliver the Orange County Great Park as promised,” said Emile Haddad, chairman and CEO of FivePoint. “We are proud to put our name on a facility that will become an anchor for one of the largest sports parks in the nation. It’s an exciting moment for Irvine and all of Orange County.”
FivePoint is spending up to $250 million to develop 688 acres of the Great Park, including the Irvine Sports Park with a 2,500-seat soccer stadium, tennis courts, separate baseball and softball complexes, sand volleyball courts and flex fields for rugby, lacrosse and cricket. The first phase of this 175-acre sports facility is set to open later this summer and it will be one of the largest in the nation.
When the new ice complex debuts in 2018, it will complement the 175-acre multi-sports parks, creating the premier recreational and competitive sports destination in Southern California.