Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin Christens New Ice Rinks in Northern Virginia


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.

As previously mentioned, the new 450,000 square foot facility includes two NHL regulation-sized rinks.

Video: @enzo_rhk

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.

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.



About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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