$18M-plus Canal District rink plan nears more deals, Rucker says

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The expansive Canal District ice rink complex in which Worcester Railers HC owner Cliff Rucker recently became a partner will cost at least $18 million all told and includes plans for a complement of locker rooms large enough for tournament hosting and the city’s new ECHL hockey team — and talks are underway for the facility to serve as home ice for three to-be-determined area high school and college teams.

Cliff Rucker

Courtesy Worcester Railers HC

Cliff Rucker

Rucker said in a phone interview Tuesday, May 11, that negotiations are ongoing with a number of schools to claim a permanent home at the Railers-run rink. Worcester Public Schools athletic director David Shea said Tuesday the team has contacted school officials but there have been no developments so far.

Cleanup of the long-dormant parcel, which began in April and will ultimately cost $3.3 million, is expected to be complete by July 15, Worcester Business Development Corp. President & CEO Craig L. Blais said late Tuesday.

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