This is simply a gathering interest thread, and although I've talked a bit with local politicians, this is an initial "survey" to see if I should contact people with the power to get this ball rolling.
I live in Oakbank, Manitoba, located about 15 minutes east of Winnipeg. The municipality has announced the construction of a new multi-million dollar recreation complex, which leaves the current hockey rink up for sale once the new complex is constructed.
On the weekends, I drive the Zamboni (ya, ya make your jokes), and have thought it would be interesting to see if the space could be converted into a modestly-sized sound stage.
The space is your standard sized rink, with onother 12 feet on one side for stands, just to give you an idea for the floorspace. I dont know the exact height of the ceiling, but easily heigh enough to intall a catwalk grid and still have lots of headroom.
Other intersting points that are positive:
-North wall has a side-sliding door large enough to back a 44ft standard trailer into.
-Unfinished rink walls, allowing acoustics to be installed easily.
-Strong flat floor
-3phase power at a couple places.
-Lots of surrounding land that could be used for backlot, storage or sold for revenue.
So basically, im just asking if anyone could see themselves using a converted space, or a space that large (or small) if rented for a resonable price.