The city of Santa Clarita gave a first glimpse into the renovated Valencia ice station on Tuesday, which has been renamed “The Cube – Ice Cream and Entertainment Center”. She showed upgrades of the plant and announced an opening date in April.
Some of the first things residents might notice when visiting the renovated Valencia facility are new landscaping and new blue and white colors inside and out to match the city’s official colors.
The ice station was purchased by the city of Santa Clarita for $ 14.2 million in August. On March 5, the city announced that the site’s name had been changed to “The Cube” through social media.
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The 93,000 square meter area offers space for up to 2,400 people and offers events such as congresses, conferences, sports competitions and concerts as well as sports such as hockey and ice skating.
According to Frank Oviedo, Deputy City Administrator for the City of Santa Clarita, renovations to the facilities, including replacing the cube’s old reading board and installing new ice on the rinks, began in December 2020 on a budget of $ 720,000.
One of the major renovations currently under way by the city is the replacement of the reading board near the main entrance to the Cube. The board is to be replaced with a larger LED screen that will also cover the windows above the old board.
“You will be able to see what’s going on on the ice, as well as everything we’re showing from a marketing or sponsorship point of view, so we’ve got a lot of use out of that,” said Oviedo. “It’s going to be pretty spectacular.”
A large cube is to be installed in front of the building to represent the new name change.
“It’s kind of a connection to the subject of the dice and something that families and visitors can cherish and have memories of,” added Oviedo.
According to Oviedo, the facilities, which were over 20 years old, had to be serviced before they could be reopened to the public.
The day-to-day operations of The Cube will be handled by the American Sports Entertainment Company and the Los Angeles Kings (ASEC / Kings), who will be involved in “everything from opening front doors to issuing tickets and ice skates,” officials said.
“They will continue to conduct their operations and training at their El Segundo facility, but we have already had discussions with ASEC and the Kings about other options, including maybe bringing some of the Kings here and signing days for your favorite player who plays for the kings, ”said Oviedo. “We even talked conceptually about getting out of here and doing scrimmages.”
According to Oviedo, The Cube is currently set to open with a tape cut, which is scheduled for April 12th.
Mark your calendars – the cube should be open to the public next month!
There will be a tape cut on April 12th where the schedule for The Cube will be fully open to the public and will be announced based on health instructions.
– The Santa Clarita Cube (@TheCube_SC) March 16, 2021
“This will be the marker point where we will really open up and make that decision as the weeks get closer to how many people can be accommodated at the facility,” said Oviedo.
City officials said they have received positive feedback from members of the community who are excited about opening the cube to the public.
“People drop by towards the end of the day every day,” said Cruz Caldera, general service manager for the city of Santa Clarita. “They’ll show up at the end of the day and take pictures and post something on social media … just because they’re so excited. Just being part of it is a reward in and of itself. “
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