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Posted: Monday, February 17, 2014 5:45 am

After his company’s acquisition of the former Polar Ice facility in Chandler last month, Coyotes Ice LLC president Mike O’Hearn quickly changed the rink’s name to Ice Den Chandler and promised upgrades.

O’Hearn on Monday announced a $3 million renovation and temporary construction closure.

“This will be a completely new facility when we reopen,” O’Hearn said of the rink at 7225 W. Harrison St.

Much of the renovation will focus on the ice plant and floor underneath.

“Out of necessity, we are replacing all of the interior equipment, ice plant, lighting, roof work and subfloor, which had not been maintained as required for the facility to continue in use,” O’Hearn said. “New concrete floors will replace the current outmoded sand-based design.”

Replacing the floor will allow Ice Den Chandler the flexibility during the summer months to host indoor soccer, lacrosse, day camps and other activities that are already available at the Ice Den Scottsdale location.

“We are thrilled to see the extensive renovations that are planned for the Ice Den Chandler,” said Christine Mackay, Chandler director of economic development.

The planned renovations also include upgrades to the pro shop and concession area.

“We will also be adding other amenities that we feel are necessary for a high-quality skating experience,” O’Hearn said. “We will aggressively focus on rebuilding the now-dormant youth hockey, skating and Learn to Skate programs at the Chandler facility, a process that is already under way.

“We expect no less than that success we have at our Scottsdale facility, where over 1 million customers annually take advantage of our facility and its unexcelled amenities.”

During the renovation, Ice Den Chandler will close from April 7 to Aug. 4. A grand reopening celebration is in the works for later in the summer.

The Chandler rink was built in 1999, and in 2007 sold along with rinks in Gilbert and Peoria to Chandler-based Spiral Inc. for $14.5 million. Coyotes Ice put in bids on all three rinks and purchased the Chandler facility from receivership for an undisclosed amount last month.

“This acquisition was about our ability to grow beyond our current facility,” O’Hearn said at the time. “Our need for additional ice outgrew what we have in Scottsdale. This is something we had been looking at for more than a year.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or cgabel@evtrib.com.

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