The owners of Ice-Plex Escondido Thursday announced that it was closing, effective immediately. The company opened in 1995.
The company issued this statement Thursday morning: “We are sad to announce the closure of Ice-Plex, effective immediately. This was not an easy decision. Our hockey and skating communities have been strong partners to us throughout the years, and we have worked hard over the last few months to find an alternative way to keep the facility open. Unfortunately, that solution has not emerged.”
It continued, “In recent years, Ice-Plex has operated at a substantial loss. The facility’s refrigeration and HVAC systems, which are used to cool ice and provide safe air flow throughout the building, are beyond their lifespan and in dire need of replacement. These are complex and energy-intensive systems, and the cost of design and install is prohibitively high. When compounded with the financial impacts of forced closure due to COVID-19, we cannot make these investments.”
The company assured all sports teams, skaters and other customers that they would be given refunds for all programming that had been scheduled.
Ice-Plex was San Diego’s largest ice-skating facility, and was the home base for the San Diego Sabres hockey team.
According to the company, “The Ice-Plex was operating at a loss prior to the COVID-19 mandated shutdown, which essentially brought the facility’s revenue to zero. The primary driver of losses to the facility is the exorbitantly expensive and carbon-intensive process of cooling the ice with the facility’s aging equipment. In recent months we have worked to identify alternative energy options and new equipment for the rink. We brought in engineers and other experts, but the cost of an overhaul is more than we can commit to.”
The Times-Advocate contacted the company owning the facility for further comments but was told that the press release would be the only comment.