WINNIPEG — With the Manitoba Moose returning, the MTS Iceplex is needing some more wiggle room.
True North Sports & Entertainment is expanding the facility just west of the Perimeter Highway with a 21,000-square-foot addition.
A two-storey structure will be added to the east side of the existing Iceplex, with construction beginning in September.
Once completed, the addition will provide new home team dressing room facilities for the Winnipeg Jets and Manitoba Moose, office space for Moose hockey operations staff, and office and storage space for the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy operating by the Winnipeg Jets True North Foundation.
“It was important for us to establish a long-term home for the American League affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets and we feel we are doing that with the construction of new offices and an expansive dressing room facility for the Moose, as well as a separate new one for the Jets who will practice at the facility when the MTS Centre is being used for Moose games and other events,” said Kevin Cheveldayoff, executive vice-president and GM of the Winnipeg Jets.
The 48-week project is being funded solely by True North and was designed by Sink Combs Dethlefs, the architectural firm that designed the MTS Centre. Construction is scheduled to be completed in time for the beginning of the 2016-17 hockey season, and is being carried out by PCL Constructors.