Great HallOn July 29, 2015, the Chicago Blackhawks announced the organization would build a 125,000-square foot community training center for youth hockey development programs, recreational leagues, and other events, which would also serve as the practice facility for the Blackhawks and visiting National Hockey League teams. The state of the art facility is located two blocks south of the United Center at 1801 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612.

As the facility nears completion and prepares to open, the focus continues to be on making sure the Blackhawks have their needs met though features such as equipment storage space, training rooms, a player's lounge, a massive weight room, exhaust systems behind the locker room to dry off uniforms and equipment faster and cut down the odor, and the hockey equivalent of a batting cage: two “rapid shot” practice areas where they can perfect their shots, There is also a focus on the community aspect of the facility. Roughly 95% of the intended use of the new Ice Rink will be community based. This facility will provide $3 million of community benefits over five years.


The full list of amenities in the facility include:
  • Two NHL-size 200-by-85 ice rinks
  • Two multipurpose rooms overlooking the ice sheets
  • Media room
  • Executive Hockey Operations Suite
  • Rooftop deck constructed on a green roof
  • Great Hall with a customer service desk and access to both ice rinks
  • Skate rental available for public skate and programming
  • 12 private locker rooms and 10 rotating public locker rooms
  • RapidShot shooting machines and RapidHands platforms located inside a skill training room
  • Full-service fitness center for group, team and personal training
  • Basic hockey and skating supplies for sale at the front desk (tape, laces, mouth guards, etc.)
  • Skate sharpening
  • Food and beverage 
    • Full-service bar
    • Concession stand
    • Coffee/juice bar
    • Healthy vending options
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