Saturday was the much anticipated grand opening of the St. James Fitness and Wellness Center, a 450,000 square-foot mega-sports facility located near the 95/395/495 interchange in Springfield, Virginia.
Plenty of big names, including Redskins Hall-of-famer Darrell Green and the Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin, were on hand for the opening ceremonies.
Stanley Cup Champion Alex Ovechkin christened the facilitie’s two new NHL regulation-sized rinks. Ovechkin made his way to the St. James following his morning training camp session with the Capitals. (More on day 2 of Capitals training camp here.)
Ovechkin took time for a twirl with the youngsters as well.
Alex Ovechkin, skating with the kids at the @TheStJames_ grand opening. pic.twitter.com/zXtznpaZe5
— NoVa Caps (@NoVa_Caps) September 15, 2018
As previously mentioned, the new 450,000 square foot facility includes two NHL regulation-sized rinks.
Some of the features of the center include:
- A multi-purpose turf field for full-length competitive soccer,
- lacrosse, football, field hockey and softball.
- Two NHL regulation-sized ice rinks for hockey, figure skating, open skating and curling.
- Aquatics center.
- Basketball and volleyball center.
- Baseball and softball center.
- Golf and racquet center.
- Gymnastics and dance center.
- Laser tag, rock climbing walls, and party rooms in a family entertainment center.
- Health and wellness center that will include orthopedic medicine, pre- and post-operative rehabilitation and pediatric care.
- Health club with cardio and strength training equipment and yoga, spinning and Pilates studios.
thanks! it was a gr8 time!! congrats the place is sick…see u guys again soon )))) https://t.co/jY3UFhwirG
— Alex Ovechkin (@ovi8) September 15, 2018
The center is membership based, but non-members will be able to sign up for programs. It will accommodate 1,240 people, plus 900 spectators. In addition to regular sports and fitness activities, the center plans to host special events like tournaments, meets and athletic showcases on weekends.
More on the St. James facility here and here.
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Thank you, Alex Ovechkin (@aleksandrovechkinofficial), for stopping by our grand opening this afternoon and spending time with our hockey team and other attendees. The St. James is a place where dreams become reality, and we’re honored that you chose to be a part of it. See you back here soon 🏒
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