By: Bill Schammert
In recent weeks there's been speculation the John Breslow Ice Center was being scrapped, but we are told that is absolutely not the case.
"I can tell you definitively, this project is still very much alive," chairman of the Nebraska Board of Regents, Tim Clare, said.
On a confidence scale of 1-to-10, Clare put his confidence at a 10.
In December of 2007, the ice center seemed to be a sure thing after Lincoln businessman John Breslow pledged $7 million to the new facility.
But, after six years, construction has yet to begin.
Vice President of the Lincoln Ice Hockey Association, Bruce Hiller, says the junior hockey program is growing every year, and it needs a new rink.
"Right now, we're turning away kids. And that's frustrating," Hiller said.
From university intramurals, to figure skating, to junior hockey, to the Lincoln Stars, everyone is fighting for ice time on Lincoln's only indoor rink, The Ice Box.
"I still have confidence [the ice center] will show up. One way or the other, it'll make Lincoln," Hiller said.
Clare says much of the community has been focused on the new Pinnacle Bank Arena and the East Stadium expansion, slowing plans for the new ice center.
"It's all part of the process, the process will be played out and there will be a hockey facility. That facility will be the John Breslow Ice Center," Clare said.
The center was originally slated to be built to the south of the arena, but that is no longer the case. Hiller says the city is donating land for the project to be built to the northwest of the arena, near Haymarket Park.
Before the center can break ground, Clare says the board of regents needs to vote on the project.
As of Wednesday, he says he doesn't know when that'll happen.
But, Hiller says he's heard rumors the new proposal could go in front of the board this December.