A new Iowa City-area arena would host University of Iowa club hockey and could also lead to a new USHL team as a tenant, as Coralville officials tentatively plan for a spring 2019 opening.
The arena will seat 4,216 for sporting events and hold 6,216 for other events. The cost is $45.9 million, and Coralville officials have a tentative groundbreaking set for this fall. Coralville is in the greater Iowa City area, so hosting the University of Iowa’s men and women’s club hockey teams is part of the mix. And there’s also the chance the arena could host USHL junior hockey. From the Daily Iowan:
Joshua Schamberger, president of Iowa City/Coralville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, said that once the U.S. Hockey League heard about the proposed arena, it became interested.
“The [league] has a strong presence in Iowa and the Midwest, and I believe the proximity to other teams is very attractive … in addition to a brand-new arena,” he said in an email.
The league has five teams in Iowa, with teams in Dubuque, Cedar Rapids, and Waterloo.