Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues Will Practice at New Facility Opening September 2019; Lance Rosenberg Named New General Manager
Maryland Heights, Mo. (June 21, 2019)— Spectra, one of the nation’s leading live entertainment and hospitality companies, has been selected by the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation as the venue management and food services provider for the Centene Community Ice Center. Lance Rosenberg has been hired as general manager of the new, world-class hockey facility, which is scheduled to open in September 2019.
Practice facility to the St. Louis Blues and home to the Lindenwood University Hockey Program, St. Louis AAA Blues Hockey, St. Louis Lady Cyclones, and St. Louis Blues Alumni Association, the Centene Community Ice Center will feature four ice rinks in total: one 2,500–seated arena, two additional indoor rinks, and one covered outdoor ice rink, all size-regulated by the National Hockey League.
“After an exhaustive search and detailed analysis, it became clear to our teams at St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation and the City of Maryland Heights that the Spectra team was perfectly suited to help fulfill our goal of making the Centene Community Ice Center a cherished asset in our community and a destination for out-of-town visitors who will want to return time and time again for their next hockey tournament or ice sports competition,” Patrick Quinn, Chairman of the St. Louis Legacy Ice Foundation, said. “As the Spectra team has shown in their short time on the job, they fit right into our community, are wired to be great hosts and will make the citizens of Maryland Heights and the greater St. Louis region proud to have them representing and becoming part of our community.”
In addition to hockey games, practices, tournaments and trainings, the 277,000-square-foot building will also host a variety of community events. During the warmer months, the covered outdoor rink will convert to a live music and entertainment venue with a capacity of more than 4,000 for festivals, markets and other events. A Spectra-managed restaurant on premise will be open to the public, along with a 13,000-square-foot public gathering space and additional party rooms available for private events.
“We are a community that loves hockey, which the nation witnessed during our celebration following the St. Louis Blues historic Stanley Cup victory,” Mayor of the City of Maryland Heights, Mike Moeller, said. “Residents will continue to celebrate the sport and embrace new opportunities that the Centene Community Ice Center will bring. The state-of-the-art facility will not only spur additional growth in ice hockey locally, but it will also drive an economic impact of an estimated $20 million annually to the region.”
Spectra has appointed Lance Rosenberg as the general manager to oversee all of the daily operations of the facility. He has a deep background in managing community ice rinks, MLB stadiums, as well as NHL and NBA arenas, collegiate rinks, and international facilities.
“On the heels of an exciting Stanley Cup win for the St. Louis Blues, Spectra is thrilled to lend its expertise to this premier hockey facility, which has been a collaboration between many proud local organizations,” John Page, President of Spectra’s Venue Management and Partnerships divisions, said. “Lance Rosenberg and his team will seamlessly manage a high-volume of sporting events that will position this community ice complex as one of the greatest in the country—one that will have a tremendous impact on the growth of youth hockey culture in the St. Louis market.”
With the addition of this new facility, Spectra’s portfolio expands to operate 335 venues in North America and overseas, including 75 arenas, nine community ice rinks, and 39 amphitheaters and theaters. Details surrounding the opening will be posted on the Centene Community Ice Center’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Inquiries are currently being taken for fall 2019 events. More details about hosting events at the Centene Community Ice Center can be found by emailing CenteneCommunityIceCenter@Spectraxp.com .