2017 TOP STORIES: Fuel owners plan Greenwood ice-plex

Indy Fuel owners Jim and Sean Hallett in June announced plans to build a $20 million hockey and ice-skating facility at the Interstate 65 South/County Line Road interchange in Greenwood.

The father-and-son duo, with the support of Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers, had originally unveiled the plan in March for a 115,000-square-foot Greenwood Iceplex to be built on six acres in Freedom Park, south of Smith Valley Road between State Road 135 and U.S. 31 South.

After a group of Greenwood residents opposed that plan, the Halletts moved the proposed site of their ice-plex to the I-65 interchange.

The Halletts have an option to buy a parcel near the interchange in Johnson County and hope to break ground on an ice-plex next spring with an opening set for August 2019. Sean Hallett said after that project is complete, he and his father will look to open one or two more ice skating/hockey facilities in central Indiana.

The Halletts in 2017 entered their fourth year of operating the Fuel, a minor-league professional team playing in the ECHL. Their aim is to use junior hockey leagues and ice skating facilities as a way to create an atmosphere in central Indiana that gives rise to more hockey—and Indy Fuel—fans.

In year two of their foray, the duo bought the Forum at Fishers, renamed it the Fuel Tank at Fishers, and spent $400,000 renovating the ice rink. Since then, they’ve spent more than $5 million more on the facility.

In year three, the Halletts started a not-for-profit junior hockey league, which grew to 540 players last year and has expanded to 800 this hockey season.•

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