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Hockey Association considering addition to Odde Ice Center

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The Hub city's Odde Ice Center could soon receive a facelift.

The Aberdeen Hockey Association and Aberdeen Wings presented to the Brown County Commission Tuesday morning to request land to build a 10,000 square foot addition.

It was just two years ago when the Aberdeen Wings began playing hockey.

Since then, the Odde Ice Center has been the home of the wings and their thousands of fans.

On any given night more than 1300 people fill the stands, cheering on their home team.

According to the Aberdeen Hockey Association it's that success and popularity that's helped attract more local players.

"We've almost doubled our youth; the wings have had an incredible success in their first two years. We've got the momentum heading forward," Michael Carrels, Aberdeen Hockey Association Vice President said.

Carrels says in order to move forward an addition to the Odde Ice Center arena is needed.

Carrels and Aberdeen Wings CEO Gregg Odde presented the proposed 30 by 170 foot addition to Brown County Commissioners Tuesday morning.

"When we brought the team to town. One of the requirements to have in an North American hockey league team is to have a dedicated locker room that your team uses," Odde said.

He says their current facilities lack office space, proper locker rooms and enough seating for the flurry of fans that fill the arena.

"I think it's terribly important because that's just one more opportunity for entertainment in the brown county area and on any given evening out there when the wings are playing particularly, it's filled to capacity," Duane Sutton, Brown County Commissioner said.

With an estimated 50,000 plus fans filling the stadium this past year, Carrels says more seats and proper facilities are a must.

The full commission still has to vote on and approve the use of additional land on the fairground.

The entire project would be paid for by the Aberdeen Hockey Association and the Aberdeen Wings.

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