Pasco looks to become sports tourism destination

Pasco County is putting its sports and recreation offerings front and center, in a strategy aimed at boosting tourism. Visit Pasco — the county’s tourism arm — is rebranding its slogan to “Florida’s Sports Coast.” The announcement came at the second annual East Pasco Economic Development Summit. Adam Thomas, who oversees Pasco’s tourism efforts, said the new moniker shows the county is … [Read more...]

USA Women’s Hockey, fans celebrate gold in Wesley Chapel

Just days removed from celebrating a gold medal win in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the USA women’s ice hockey team returned to where their remarkable journey all began — Wesley Chapel. It’s where the team spent more than five months getting prepared for the Winter Olympics, training at Florida Hospital Center Ice and lodging at Saddlebrook Resort. It’s also where … [Read more...]

Searching for a superstar in Tampa Bay

American Idol is a cultural phenomenon. The reality television show is known for launching major singing careers for Idol winners, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood. And, even reaching the top 10 can be life-changing. Jennifer Hudson, for instance, finished seventh in 2004, but went on to win an Oscar for the movie musical, “Dream Girls,” and remains a superstar. So, future singing … [Read more...]

Coca-Cola on tap at Florida Hospital Center Ice

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida and Florida Hospital Center Ice are joining forces to bring Coca-Cola products to the soon-to-open ice hockey and sports complex in Wesley Chapel, according to a news release from Florida Hospital Center Ice. The iconic cola company and Florida Hospital reached an agreement for Coca-Cola to exclusively provide non-alcoholic beverages at the new facility, which is … [Read more...]

Center Ice to open in October

The walls are up, the ice has been poured, and droves of hockey players soon will visit Pasco County. A hard-hat tour of the 150,500-square-foot Florida Hospital Center Ice Complex revealed significant progress of the $20 million project, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Road in Wesley Chapel. A crowd of more than one hundred Pasco county business leaders and representatives toured the facility … [Read more...]

Hockey complex making progress

After a few setbacks, the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex may open sometime before Labor Day. Initially, the opening for the $20 million project, at 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., had been slated for last October. However, weather and installation of the refrigeration system pushed back the timetable for the 150,000-square foot complex. Developer Gordie Zimmerman, of Z Mitch, said the … [Read more...]

Hockey complex to open in spring

An anticipated opening for the Florida Hospital Center Ice complex will be delayed until spring 2016, largely due to a slower than expected wait on permitting. Gordie Zimmermann, a partner in Z Mitch, said he expects construction to resume in the next weeks, with a scheduled completion in the first quarter of 2016. “We’re in good shape,” Zimmermann said. Initially, the opening for the … [Read more...]

Retail jobs on the rise

But more jobs are needed to diversify Pasco’s economy Heading south on Interstate 275 into Tampa, and points beyond, cars stack up and slow to a crawl as commuters in the morning rush hour out of Pasco County’s bedroom communities hit the brakes. Motorists going north, mostly zip along at a steady clip. In the afternoon the traffic flow reverses. It’s all about where the jobs are and … [Read more...]

Ice rink skates into Pasco County

The traditional gear of hard hats and shovels gave way to hockey sticks and the whack of slap shots at the groundbreaking ceremony for the largest ice and sports complex in the southeastern United States. The 150,000-square-foot sports facility in Wesley Chapel is expected to become a major tourism draw. Roughly 100 people attended the Feb. 24 groundbreaking festivities to celebrate the $20 … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel welcomes ice in new $20M sports complex

By the end of next year, State Road 56 will be more crowded than ever. A new Mercedes dealership. A long-awaited outlet mall and the different stores it will bring. Yet another hotel, this time 120 rooms. Not bad for a road that, just a little more than a decade ago, didn’t even exist. Joining all that, however, is an ice and sports complex so big, it might make existing facilities in … [Read more...]