Hockey rinks, community center planned for mixed-use center at Antioch mall

Monday, June 17, 2013 at 3:25pm
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Metro will build a new ice rink in the parking lot of the former Hickory Hollow Mall.

The $14 million facility was announced Monday at the groundbreaking for the already-announced library and community center set for the northern corner of the Antioch retail space now known as Global Mall at the Crossings.

The 86,000-square-foot, Metro-owned facility will sit kitty-corner to the new library/community center space, adjacent to a park.

The hockey center will be two-story and include two multi-purpose ice rinks, team rooms, meeting rooms and an observation mezzanine. (Click here for a floor plan rendering.) There will be space for concessions, as well as an ice skate rental and repair center. A covered walkway will connect it to the library and community center. (Click here for a site plan rendering) It is expected to open in late summer 2014.

The construction of the new ice rinks was alluded to in the restructured leased signed between the Nashville Predators and the city last year.

The Predators will manage the facility — which will be built by Metro — and the team's lease payments will go to off-set the debt service. In addition, the debt of the Metropolitan Sports Authority will be restructured with the realized savings from lower interest rates. The details of the financing plan will be released at the sports authority’s July 1 meeting.

The Predators announced they will offer “scholarships” as well as work and internship opportunities at the new facility, while providing learn-to-skate classes and hockey lessons, in addition to tournaments and leagues.

Currently, there are only four publicly available rinks in the Nashville area — two each at the Centennial Sportsplex and at Franklin's A-Game.

The Predators themselves will continue to practice, primarily at Sportsplex.

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19 Comments on this post:

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/17/13 at 1:35

This would really be great for the Hickory Hollow Area!

By: PKVol on 6/17/13 at 3:40

This is probably the best news that the Hickory Hollow area has received in 20 years.

This will be a destination facility as it will allow for tournaments and such and will really fuel some out-of-town spending within Davidson Co. The important thing is that there be infrastructure in place to keep those folks in Davidson Co. We don't want them sleeping and eating in Smyrna and Murfreesboro.

By: Bellevue on 6/17/13 at 3:56

Destination for what?

If I'm going to the library, Hickory Hollow will not be my destination. Most of today's youth do not read anyway. They get their information from the internet.

As for hockey, how many children in Nashville participate in that sport? Public schools have a hard enough time trying to get kids to play football and baseball.

By: govskeptic on 6/18/13 at 3:48

Another 32 million taxpayer dollars with a huge portion of that mainly for the
Predators. Laughable when it's told what the Predators will be paying for when
this is completed. With this team receiving about 7 million annually from the
city's taxpayers, that may now become a bit higher. Oh, so much for so few!

By: Rocket99 on 6/18/13 at 7:19

Well, Bellevue is definitely NOT a destination. It MIGHT be a destination if IKEA builds there. But then the people out there wouldn't want that either. A mall was built there and because of how the residents there acted, it, along with a lot of other businesses closed and left empty buildings. Everything for the most part moved east to Charlotte at Nashville West.

At lest the people in the Antioch area want good things for their area and want it built up.

This is more than just a hockey rink and library. It also includes a park and community center, things much needed.

Oh, and yes, there are LOTS of kids who are interested in hockey and ice skating in general. All you have to do is go to the Centennial Sportsplex to see that.

By: BigPapa on 6/18/13 at 7:20

What a colossal waste of money. I sincerely hope they also have a police precinct located on the property. You'll have rich white kids being brought there for youth hockey, your just bringing the victims to the Antioch thugs now!

How many robberies and shootings will it take before folks abandon the idea of taking their kids over there? Not many.

By: Vuenbelvue on 6/18/13 at 7:34

Rocket99 Unless you live in a cave, Malls closed down all over the country at almost the same time and Bellevue Mall was paid for by Developers and not the mayor of Nashville.
Mayor Dean promised in his 2006 election campaign a $10 million dollar Library, which was more than needed, and then bought the land at a high premium next to Bellevue Middle School. The EMT and Fire Department that handles fires as well as accidents in the area and up and down the interstate live in sub-standard buildings.
Many of us here do not have Harpeth Water sewer or Piedmont Gas, who cherry pick where they want to serve the citizens of Nashville and get away with it.
Maybe you can enlighten us, I didn't know that hockey was a preferred sport in Mexico.

By: rickmuz on 6/18/13 at 7:53

Remember... all of you Antioch HATERS... you will not be welcome to use any of these facilities. Just keep hating and bashing those of us that have believed and stuck by our little community. Thanks Jacobia Ben and the rest of our Antioch community leaders!!!!

By: BenDover on 6/18/13 at 7:55

Methinks they picked the wrong sport for Antioch.

By: BigPapa on 6/18/13 at 8:08

"Methinks they picked the wrong sport for Antioch."

Basketball & soccer would be cheaper and actually used.

By: Left-of-Local on 6/18/13 at 9:04

Well, congrats, racist pricks for those last few gems of enlightenment.

Anyway... this is very cool. Hopefully it will stick. Something needs to fix that hell-hole of a community. The city is solely to blame for allowing the decline in the first place by not being prepared for the inevitable burst of the mall bubble. And in Bellevue, too!


By: BigPapa on 6/18/13 at 9:53

The main lesson will be to show up in Antioch with all your hockey pads already on and stick in hand.

Left- mall do very well- where there's money. See Cool Springs, see Green Hills...

They struggle where there's no money and danger of being robbed. Retail follows the money, no the other way around.

By: budlight on 6/18/13 at 10:44

rickmuz on 6/18/13 at 8:53
Remember... all of you Antioch HATERS... you will not be welcome to use any of these facilities. Just keep hating and bashing those of us that have believed and stuck by our little community. Thanks Jacobia Ben and the rest of our Antioch community leaders!!!!

You left out Mr. Freeland, Robert and Sam.

100 Oaks Mall and the entire area is an example of "improvement". I hope this area will follow suit. It should come with more security therefore putting criminals on notice to stay away.

By: Jughead on 6/18/13 at 10:48

The hoodrats will love the place. Should be fun reading the police reports and trying to pronounce hoodrat names. Shaniqwacressidalaqwaniaafrikia.

By: BigPapa on 6/18/13 at 12:28

Actually I make fun, but honestly I do want Antioch to bounce back.

What caused the quick fall? I mean it went down like a rock!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 6/18/13 at 3:26

I have to say I admire the residents of Antioch who are trying to reclaim their side of town. The thing that helped improve the 100 Oaks area was having Vanderbilt move in. It's going to take something big like that to get Antioch moving in the right direction. I don't know that a hockey rink is the thing that will do it but it's good that Hickory Hollow is getting the attention it deserves. I heard the developer who handled Nashville West is buying the Target building. That's a good sign.

By: .45carry on 6/19/13 at 7:26


Random shootings and assaults will escalate in the Hickory Hollow/Flat Rock area during the summer of 2014.

By: Rocket99 on 6/19/13 at 8:24

.45carry, does that mean you'll be in that area the summer of 2014?

As far as Bellvue Mall, it was never wanted by the residents in that area. It was doomed from the start.

Just love how everyone thinks that Antioch is the absolute worse place in Davidson county. Boy are youy guys wrong. Think you need to review the crime statistics to see where they are actually happening instead of automatically jumping to conclusions. Basically, bad crap happens all over the county and while Antioch has its share, it is not the worse part of town.

Part of what happened to the mall is the management and police didn't keep a close enough watch on what was happening and the gangs tried to take over the mall. It was the easiest place for them. Rivergate and Cool Springs were paying more attention and basically stopped it before it really got started.

Now that the area is starting to come back, everyone automatically assumes that the gangs will again appear. This will not happen. The neighbors, landlords and police will not let that happen. Does that mean zero crime? No. There is no place where there is zero crime.

Antioch is going to have a nice library, top notch hockey practice facility, NSTI satelite campus, unique shopping and dining as well as a plethora of other good things. It all won't happen overnight and won't immediately be all it can be when the improvements in the mall area are complete.

Also, remember, Antioch is so much more than just the Hickory Hollow area. It actually covers a sizeable area. It is also one of the fastest growing parts of the county.

All you haters just need to take your negativity and focuse it where it could do some real good like at yourself instead of immediately attacking and trying to tear down something else before it even gets started.

By: Vuenbelvue on 6/19/13 at 3:24

Rocket99 What a subjective personal statement to make, "As far as Bellvue Mall, it was never wanted by the residents in that area. It was doomed from the start." Did you poll the residents in 1980 and ask them? The Bellevue Mall, from my recollection, did well for a number of years. It's demise started when Cool Spring's Mall continued expanding around the mall and the local women who enjoy shopping were able to shop, enjoy a meal and continue to shop. Bellevue Mall had a small food court and that was not enough. 100 Oaks resurrected because the mall basically closed because of crime or a stigma of crime and became a satellite for Vanderbilt medical and was policed by Metro. Hickory Hollow died because of serial shoplifters and crime and then all three became casualties of the national desire for strip stores. Park your car and walk in to the store you want to go to instead of walking 1/2 mile inside a mall to that store.