Construction is underway for the ION International Training Center, a year-round, two-rink center and the county’s first indoor arena with stadium seating.. It’s the culmination of a dream for owner Luiz Taifas, an Olympic figure skater for the Romanian national team who has spent the past few years training young Northern Virginians.
The 100,000-square-foot center in the Peterson Companies’ Compass Creek development just south of Leesburg will house two National Hockey League-size rinks serving recreational and professional ice sports, and will also contain a multi-functional floor that will allow the arena to be used for non-ice-related events, including school graduations, sporting tournaments, and concerts. The opening is planned for July 2018 and, if all goes well in the first three years, Taifas said he hopes to add two more rinks.
Speaking to the crowd of supporters gathered for Wednesday morning’s groundbreaking ceremony, Taifas said for the better part of the past 12 years he has been “wondering loudly” why the Northern Virginia area did not have an Olympic-caliber training center.
“It took people, mostly my wife, saying ‘why don’t you stop complaining and do it’,” he recalled to laughter.READ MORE