Xtream Arena opens, leaders excited about potential
CORALVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) - After years of talking, planning and building, the Xtream Arena in Coralville officially became a reality on Wednesday.
“We’ve had a lot of things to be very proud of in this city, but this may well top it all,” said Coralville mayor John Lundell. "Thirty years of planning, I guess it should be as exciting as it is.”
The arena will serve as the new home for the Iowa volleyball team, but the Big Ten postponed all fall sports to the spring because of the pandemic. Leaders are also hoping to announce the addition of a minor league hockey team. For now, the arena, along with the GreenState Family Fieldhouse are having pickleball, basketball and volleyball tournaments. All Iowa Attack is also starting its practices this week and will host future tournaments that will feature some of the top basketball players not just in the state, but also in the country.
“We have teams that people want to play against,” said Blake Jensen, the program director at All Iowa Attack. "With five to six courts, we’ll bring in 40-50 teams on a weekend. "
The pandemic does create some challenges to the opening of the arena, but leaders are excited about what will come to Coralville.
“What’s great about this area is it was built up before with retailers and restaurants, and then they added the arena,” said Jack Ligon, the general manager of Xtream Arena. “We’re just excited to be able to be open. There’s been a lot of years of planning, a lot of years in the construction and we’re just excited about being able to open it up and share with the community.”
There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public on Sept. 17 from 4-8 p.m. The first event the arena will host is the USA Wrestling Senior Nationals from Oct. 9-11.
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