Repairs to U of I's Ice Arena leaves hockey team looking for temporary home

CHAMPAIGN - Due to mechanical problems, the University of Illinois' Ice Arena won't be able to open until at least mid-September, which will leave the university's popular club hockey team to look for a new temporary home.

The school's Campus Recreation Department says the repairs to the system that cools pipers below the ice should take about six weeks.

According to coach Nick Fabbrini, rinks in Danville, Kankakee, Bloomington, and Chicago are being looked at to be sites for practices and possibly games.  The club would have to ask alumni to cover the extra costs.

The university's 73-year-old Ice Arena is the only rink in Champaign.  Youth hockey, a synchronized skating team, speed skating, and other on-ice activities are hosted by the rink.

The team is scheduled to open their season on September 19.

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