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Gran Cayman unveils plans for Caribbean's first ice palace

The Caribbean island of Grand Cayman is adding a cool new dimension to its entertainment offering with the development of the region's first ice palace slated to open in the island capital of Georgetown in spring 2016.

Gran Cayman unveils plans for Caribbean's first ice palace

The Caribbean’s first ever ice palace is set to open in the Gran Cayman capital of Georgetown next spring, bringing a range of cool new entertainment features to the island. As part of the revitalisation of the city’s downtown area, the new venue will attract both locals and tourists with its ice skating rink, sports facilities and regular family shows.

As well as an indoor ice skating rink large enough to host ice hockey matches, the new multi-purpose venue can hold up to 6,300 spectators for other events such as concerts, theatrical ice shows and sporting occasions such as boxing matches and basketball games. There will be daily cirque-on-ice style performances, which will be promoted to cruise liner passengers and other tourists.

Canadian company Hard Set Sports and Entertainment is leading the multi-million pound development, which will be located close to Gran Cayman’s famous Seven Mile beach. The building has been designed by US architect Robert Andrus and will rely on green technologies such as a 160,000 square-foot solar panel roof, which will resemble the shell of a Cayman green turtle.

Tim Best from Hard Set Sports, explained:

“We're grateful for the support we've received so far from the Cayman Islands government on this exciting project.”

He continued expressing his gratitude to the Cayman Islands' government for the approval of the project by saying;

"The George Town entertainment district, anchored by the Cayman Ice Palace, has the potential to contribute to the country's future by diversifying Cayman's tourism product and improving the island's liveability.”

“As one of the Caribbean's premier vacation destinations, it's important for the Cayman Islands to be continually innovating and improving its tourism offering. The government's foresight in recognising the need to improve cruise ship passengers' experience when visiting Cayman is to be applauded."

“We are excited and committed to playing our part in providing the country with a vibrant, attractive, mixed-use and walkable downtown area, and through this, growing tourism in the Cayman Islands,"

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