The project broke ground in June 2008 at U.S. 75 and Stacy Road.In addition to two sheets of ice, the 188,000-square-foot facilitywill contain 26 suites and meeting space. Allen Event Center willprovide a venue for concerts, trade shows and other professionalsporting events, and is home to the Central Hockey League AllenAmericans.

The Allen Americans are owned by Top Shelf LLC a partnershipthat includes Allen businessman Doug Miller and former NHL DetroitRedwings Steve Duchesne. The hockey team is scheduled to start its2009-2010 season in early November.

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