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Renovated RecZone to reopen Saturday under a new name

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RecZone, the Raleigh ice rink that closed in June after being foreclosed upon, will reopen this Saturday.

The facility has been renovated and renamed Raleigh Center Ice.

Chip Shelton, president of Liberty Solutions, confirmed the Saturday opening. He said Raleigh Center Ice would also hold a grand opening event in the coming weeks.

Liberty Solutions of Charlotte was hired to manage the facility for BB&T Bank until it is sold. The firm contracted with Patrick Cavanagh, owner of the Chilled Ponds Ice and Turf Sports Complex in Chesapeake, Va., to renovate the facility.

The improvements included adding a new ice plant to make the facility more energy-efficient and a new dasher board and glass system. The lobby was also renovated.

The RecZone's closing displaced hundreds of skaters and hockey players. On average, more than 1,200 people used the facility each week.

The Carolina Hurricanes practiced at the rink, and it was also the home ice for N.C. State University's club hockey team.

The Hurricanes are scheduled to hold their pre-season conditioning camp at Raleigh Center Ice beginning Aug. 22.

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Business reporter David Bracken came to the N&O in 2004. He covers commercial and residential real estate. Contact David at 919-829-4548 or e-mail him.
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