With a scoop of dirt, construction official begins on the highly-anticipated SCHEELS IcePlex.
The $8 million facility includes three NHL regulation-sized ice sheets, lockers and bleacher seating, amenities organizers say is missing from current facilities in the area.
It's something hockey player Jordan Arndt has wanted since he first laced up his skates.
"(I was told) ten years ago and I've been waiting ever since," Arndt said.
Right now, the current facility is inadequate for the city's ice demand, as figure skating and hockey leagues are forced to practice during odd hours.
"It's hard because some kids have before school practice during the weekdays and some groups have practices until 10:30 at night and it's hard to get your homework done and get to bed on time," Arndt said.
Fundraising for the facility has been a community effort, according to Ice Sports Association Founder Joe Zueger, who says nearly 400 donors footed the bill.
"It's an amazing milestone and it reminds you of those moments in life when you have a second to realize, wow, this is a real moment, and I feel alive," Zueger said. "And it's great to know we're doing the right thing for the community."
The facility, that will join the Sanford Sports Complex, paves way for new recreational ice programs like broomball leagues and curling. But Arndt says he's looking forward to multi-team competitions hosted in Sioux Falls.
"Hosting tournaments would be nice and just recreational skating, open skate would just be really fun," Arndt said.
Construction will begin next week and the SHEELS IcePlex is scheduled to open in September.
Fundraising will continue as the Ice Sports Association works to bring in an additional $1 million in equity.