The Dr. Pepper StarCenter McKinney will undergo an $8.5 million, 46,000-square-foot expansion made possible through grants from the City of McKinney and the McKinney Community Development Corp. (MCDC).
The McKinney City Council’s recent approval of a 20-year lease agreement with the Dr. Pepper StarCenter has allowed for the expansion, which includes building an additional 1,800-seat ice rink and expanding the parking lot and locker rooms.
Funding for the facility’s expansion will come from a $3.5 million grant from the MCDC and a $5 million grant from the City of McKinney.
“The MCDC board was excited to learn about the Stars’ interest in expanding the McKinney facility and is pleased to partner with the city and the Dallas Stars organization to make this happen,” Board Chair Kurt Kuehn said in a statement. “Adding another sheet of ice and 1,800 seats at the StarCenter will allow for increased programming for the community, and also will support larger events and tournaments that will encourage tourism and support business development in McKinney."
The StarCenter which opened in 2009, brings approximately 250,000 visitors annually.
“An expansion of the facility could become a catalyst for attracting large events or even a minor-league hockey team to the area, leading to increased economic opportunities for the community,” McKinney Mayor George Fuller said in a statement.