The Voice: Winter 2003

The Voice

All Seasons Center will be ready for use by next school year

The Sioux Center All Seasons Center will include a regulation size swimming pool and an NHL-size hockey rink Dordt College students—and especially hockey players—are looking forward eagerly to the completion of the new Sioux Center All Seasons Center. Located just across the street from Dordt’s Rec Center on the north side of campus, the All Seasons Center will contain an NHL-size hockey rink as well as a lap pool for competitive swimming and both indoor and outdoor family aquatic pools.

The pools should be completed by next summer, says Dordt College alum Paul Clousing, who works for the city of Sioux Center. By next fall students will have access to both pools and the ice arena. The facility is another example of the way Dordt College and its students benefit from the community cooperation that historically has been an important part of providing exceptional state-of-the-art facilities for both the college and city residents. The cost of building the $9 million facility was raised through a grant from the state, local fundraising, and capital from the local public school, although Clousing says they hope to raise an additional $180,000 yet. The city of Sioux Center and Dordt College will share operating expenses.

According to Arlan Nederhoff, vice president for business affairs, the ice arena will be home for the Dordt College Blades hockey team. The Blades will have their own locker room in the Center and be able to play before a real hometown crowd next year. The grandstands will seat 600 on the south side of the rink, with the option for an additional 600 seats on portable bleachers on the north side.

At present, construction is on schedule, says Clousing. The exterior walls are up and the roof is on. Windows are being closed in with plastic to heat the building enough for construction.