August 23, 2005 > Shark attack in Fremont
Shark attack in Fremont
Temperature in the Tri-Cities rarely falls below freezing but a sheet of ice remains ready for the onslaught of skater's blades throughout the year. Formerly known as the Iceoplex, Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E) - the parent company of the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League - purchased the arena in April 2004 and began renovation of the facility. Major repairs were completed in July of that year and Sharks Ice at Fremont opened in August, 2004. Jon Gustafson, Logitech Ice at San Jose General Manager joined Geoff Pepe, Operations Manager of Sharks Ice at Fremont to talk with TCV and explained that the Sharks organization felt that it was important to retain an ice skating/hockey presence in the area.
Gustafson said that the Fremont facility is still in a construction phase although the ice is in excellent shape. A full-service pro shop and arcade are operational and the restaurant/bar area is scheduled for completion by the end of November. "We are very happy with our first year and our major tenant, the Santa Clara Blackhawks, a well-known travel [ice hockey] club throughout California. They compete throughout Northern California and have had state champion success at various levels." In addition, Gustafson noted that Northern California Women's Hockey League play, adult hockey and skating programs are also available at Sharks Ice.
Public sessions for all skating skill levels begin the week of September 19th. The Bay Area's mild winter climate promotes sports unrelated to ice skating and hockey, but a few fortunate communities in the Bay Area have facilities that can accommodate the fast, exciting world of ice sports including skating, hockey, broom ball and curling; all found at Sharks Ice at Fremont.
Gustafson and Pepe were both excited about the Sharks presence in Fremont where the public is invited to come by to watch skating and hockey at no charge. The ice is surrounded by seating and whether escaping a hot post-summer day or watching a hot hockey contest, Sharks Ice will offer a cool venue for fun and relaxation They emphasized that skating, including hockey, is an activity that can be enjoyed by almost everyone regardless of age. Gustafson related that people in their 70s are participating in some hockey leagues.
There is even a "drop-in" session at lunch during the week for those who want to shoot the puck and work up a sweat for an hour or so. The price is an unbelievable $10 which Pepe adds is a "2 for 1 special" Monday through Thursday meaning the cost per person can drop to $5!!
"We go out of our way to make it fun, safe and friendly so people can come and have a great time," said Gustafson. Want to know more? Contact Sharks Ice at (510) 623-7200 or visit www.sharksice.com. Information about Northern California Women's Hockey League can be found at www.ncwhl.com. Blackhawks information can be found at www.blackhawks.org.
Sharks Ice at Fremont
44388 Old Warm Springs Blvd., Fremont