Many student athletes have to set their alarm way before their fellow classmates do, so they can be sure to get in an early morning practice at the Minnehaha County Rec Center.
Last week, the Ice Sports Association broke ground on the new SCHEELS IcePlex. Their objective is to be a three-sheet operator. They will also have the flexibility to leave the ice in and a lot of other facilities don't have that option.
The Rec Center is not considered a full-time ice rink facility, which makes it difficult for athletes to practice during the summer months.
Some parents and student athletes have to travel as far as Omaha and Minneapolis for practice and competitions. Some figure skaters say the sport is full-time and they need to practice between 15 to 20 hours per week.
Since February 2011 organizers have raised an excess of $6 million for the project.
The SCHEELS IcePlex is scheduled to open next September.
The Ice Sports Association is still accepting donations for those who are interested in getting involved.