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FIRST ON CBS7: Music City Mall considering removal of ice rink

Published: Jul. 31, 2021 at 2:41 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 12:30 PM CDT
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ODESSA, Texas (KOSA) - Music City Mall has released the following statement on the ice rink.

Music City Mall is committed to maintaining a recreational outlet for our mall guests and the community at the MCM Ice Rink.

MCM Ice is currently operating in a limited capacity due to a mechanical failure of the ice plant. The ice rink itself is down, but bumper cars and bounce houses remain open daily to serve our guests.

We are in the process of getting bids to determine next steps for the ice rink. Anything we do at MCM Ice will take time due to continued supply chain disruptions.

We are not thinking about any retail store at MCM Ice, we are trying to go with something recreational. We will decide as soon as we can. We can’t speculate until we know more from the bidding process.

UPDATE: The Odessa Jackalopes have released a statement about the possibility of losing the Music City Mall Ice rink and asked for people to sign a petition to keep the rink.

“...the impact the rink has had on the people of Odessa is abundantly clear. Not only does MCM Ice serve as a home away from home for the Odessa Jackalopes, it has also played a huge role in the growth and evolution of the Jr. Jacks Youth Hockey program. The rink has helped professional, junior and youth players fulfill their dreams of playing hockey here in Odessa.”

You can read the full statement here.

CBS7 has confirmed Music City Mall is considering getting rid of the mall’s ice rink.

The area of the mall is still operating in a limited capacity. They have bumper cars and bounce houses available for entertainment.

The major issue stems from the cost to replace the rink’s old ice plant, which has broken down. The cost to replace the plant with a new one could cost up to $750,000.

Mall officials say that even if a new plant is ordered, it will take close to half a year for the plant to arrive due to supply chain shortages and the limited number of vendors who make the plants. It would then take a significant amount of time to install, meaning the rink will not be available this hockey season.

“There’s only a handful of people in the country who even work on these things,” said Greg Morgan, the Music City Mall General Manager. “There’s two or three mechanics and a half a dozen manufacturers, and almost none of them are in the United States.”

MCM is currently assessing bids for different options at the rink’s location; however, it will not replace it with a retail option if the mall chooses to get rid of the ice rink.

“We will not be putting any sort of retail establishment here,” Morgan said. “This will stay a recreational facility serving the same mission it always has and be available to the community.”

Morgan said a final decision on what to do with the rink could be made within the next two weeks.

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

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