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A new international skating and ice hockey centre, the first of its kind in Israel, will be constructed in Hod Hasharon, just north of Tel Aviv.
The winter sports centre which will cost around $15m will include room for 5000 spectators.
In the coming months construction work on the center is expected to begin, thanks to investment by a group of Jewish investors from the United States and Canada, represented in Israel by Arnon Shiran.
The centre will feature an ice hockey skating rink, a rink for everyday skaters, and acrobatic skating. In addition, the facility will include a school for teaching ice skating. The new facility is designed to become Israel's winter sports center.
The facility is supposed to be multi-functional: Within two hours wooden planks can be placed on the ground, allowing basketball, handball, volleyball, and indoor soccer to be played.
Investors are seeking to combine Zionism and business in the project, and to advance winter sports in the country.
Hod Hasharon Mayor Hai Adiv succeeded in convincing Shiran that the town would be the best location for the project. Hod- Hasharon's advantages include, among others, its central location, its access to central roads, and its ability to promptly provide land for construction.
In November, the cornerstone will be laid in a ceremony and construction is expected to take 14 months.
Reproduced with permission: Ynetnews