2018-07-05 / Sports

Huron County Hockey Association, commissioners push forward with expo center rebuild

By Mike Wilson
Sports Reporter • mwilson@mihomepaper.com

BAD AXE - The rebuild of the Huron County Expo Center building will begin in April 2019 with projected completion before the start of the 2019 Huron Community Fair in July, according to a press release from the Huron County Hockey Association.

The Association along with the county commissioners are working together to make the much-needed improvements to the Expo Center.

“We are going to make this a bigger and more user-friendly building,” said Sue Morell, president of the association. “So that not only will the hockey association benefit but all of the other entities that use this building on a consistent basis spring thru fall will also benefit greatly.”

The Proud Equestrian Program is one of the programs that will benefit from the rebuild. PEP is a therapeutic horseback program for youth with special needs. Many other organizations such as 4-H will reap benefits from this project.

In addition to expanding the current ice rink to regulation size, which will allow for the hosting of tournaments, lighting will be updated, the lobby expanded, there will be more handicap accessible restrooms, an energy-efficient design will reduce costs, climate control will be available for both winter and summer events, technology will be updated and a parking lot will be repaved, according to the release.

Besides the obvious benefit to the hockey program, the updates will lend itself to new opportunities like hunting and fishing expos, horse and rodeo shows, RV shows, antique and art shows, special events such as weddings - and it might become a sports arena for basketball tournaments.

“I not only will be happy to see a new arena for hockey,” Morell said, “but am even more excited about the new arena for the horse shows.”

Morell added: “This rebuild will not be just for hockey, it will be for the whole community. It will open up so many possibilities and allow for a bigger venue of events for the entire community.”

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