Executives of Southwest Sports Group, which has developed rinksin the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, have pitched their idea to theCedar Park City Council. The company and the city are exploring theproposal. Southwest owns the Dallas Stars, a National Hockey Leagueteam, and the Texas Rangers major league baseball club. Cedar Parkofficials could not be reached for comment before press time.

Bryan Perez, a vice president with Southwest, tells GlobeSt.comthat it's too early to tell what kind of financial structure a dealmight have. "It depends on size of the building and what we bothdecide works," he says. It is a given, however, that the city wouldown the facility. "It's a community asset," Perez says. "At the endof some extraordinarily long lease, the city would retainownership."

While Southwest has scouted sites, it has not settled on one,according to Perez. "In general, there seem to be numerous sitesthat would be fine," he says. "So we're not fixated on anyparticular site and where the facility might be located."

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