A rendering of the planned Solar Bears practice rink.
A rendering of the planned Solar Bears practice rink.

The Orlando Solar Bears have pushed back their original schedule for construction of a new practice rink in Winter Garden after they realized they couldn't get the rink done in time for this season, Winter Garden's City Manager Mike Bollhoefer told GrowthSpotter recently.

Rather than rush it, the team decided to take its time in the planning and construction to make sure the Orlando Hockey Center will be the best rink they could build, he said.

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In the spring, Solar Bears owner Jason Siegel announced the team would build a new practice facility and offices for the hockey team off Plant Street in Winter Garden, close to the S.R. 429 interchange. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

The public will be invited to use the 125,000-square-foot rink as well, for figure skating, skating classes, Friday night DJ skating as well as hockey, Siegel said at the time.

For now, the Solar Bears continue to practice at the RDV Sportsplex Ice den in Maitland. Games are played at the Amway Center.

Siegel said in May that he believes there is room in the market for both skating venues.

"We want the RDV to flourish," Siegel said. "We want Kissimmee (Ice Factory of Central Florida), Daytona (ice Arena), Rockledge (Space Coast Ice Plex) to flourish."

tburney@growthspotter.com or 407-420 6261

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