Extreme Air Owners to Re-Open Boardman Rinks

BOARDMAN, Ohio – It won’t happen as soon as planned, but the now-closed Ice Zone will reopen under its new owners as the Deep Freeze Ice Arena.

The acquisition of the building by the owners of Extreme Air Trampoline Park will take place at 11 a.m. today, Jesse MacGregor said Thursday. He, Matt MacGregor and Richard Kaszowsi are partners in Extreme Air. They had been leasing the space but exercised their option to purchase the entire 75,000-square-foot building

“The ice rink is staying. It’s not going anywhere,” Jesse MacGregor said. “The Deep Freeze Ice Arena will be opening a quickly as possible.”

The opening of the rink had initially been planned for today, but when people arrived at the Ice Zone Wednesday they found that the rink was closed and being melted, and equipment was being moved out.

When asked why the rink was being melted, personnel on site said they were ordered to do so by their bosses, MacGregor said.

Bill Weimer, vice president and general counsel for B.J. Alan Co., acknowledged media reports that Extreme Air exercised its option to purchase the building as well as plans to lease the ice rink for the Ice Zone. The Ice Zone is co-owned by Mahoning Valley businessman Bruce Zoldan, owner of B.J. Alan and Phantom Fireworks.

He declined to comment further until the transaction closed today.

In 2015, Extreme Air opened its first location in the Eastwood Mall Complex in Niles and later that year announced it would open a second location in the Ice Zone, replacing a National Hockey League-sized rink.

If his company hadn’t bought the building, the trampoline park would have had to move, MacGregor said. The trampoline park occupies about 25,000 square feet of the building, with the remaining space occupied by the ice rink and common areas.

The rink’s new owners already have met with representatives of the Youngstown Phantoms and other organizations that use the rink to make sure they will be able to continue to do so, he said.

“We are going to make the ice rink as nice as it was 20 years ago and make everyone extremely happy,” he remarked.

The partners have other plans “to further benefit the property and the community,” but nothing that can be disclosed as yet, he added.

“We will make announcements as new businesses and new ventures come along – one step at a time, basically,” he said.

Pictured: The owners of Extreme Air Trampoline Park have purchased The Ice Zone, seen here in 2015, and will re-open the rink as Deep Freeze Ice Arena.

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