The New York City Council holds a hearing on Thursday to review the construction of what could be the world's largest, indoor ice complex at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.
The complex will house nine ice rinks including a five thousand-seat center arena.
Former New York Ranger and CEO of the Kingsbridge National Ice Center Mark Messier has been involved with the project for two years. He said New York City is lacking available "ice" to play on to meet the demand.
"The national average of ice surfaces in the country, there’s one sheet for 100,00 people," he said. "In New York City, it’s one sheet per 1.2 million people."
If approved by the City Council, the project is expected to cost $320 million and would open in 2017.