Esposito, founder of TB Lightning, will open an ice rink at Olympus – GrowthSpotter
Tampa Bay Lightning founder Phil Esposito, one of the greatest hockey players and executives of all time, lends his name and NHL Hall of Fame credentials to the new sports campus in elite of the Olympus in Clermont.
The visionary who brought professional hockey to Florida and helped create a three-time Stanley Cup-winning franchise in Tampa will be a founding partner of the new $20 million ice center at Olympus. The facility will include two NHL-regulated ice surfaces (including one surface that is fully sledge hockey compatible) for ice hockey and figure skating practice and competition.
“Olympus is a truly visionary community and an incredible sports destination,” Esposito said. “I’m so proud to be part of the Olympus Ice Center, which will not only drive the growth and popularity of ice hockey in Florida, but around the world.”
Esposito, whose likeness is immortalized in a statue at Amelie Arena in Tampa Bay, continued, “The Olympus Ice Center is the perfect platform for teams like the Lightning to deliver exceptional development programs. in central Florida. It is also the ideal place for training high school, college and professional level teams and for international competition.
“From the moment we started planning the Olympus Ice Center, I knew Phil was the right partner,” said Olympus CEO Michael Carroll. “He brings incredible passion to the Centre’s development and programming. I appreciate his friendship, his leadership and the important role he plays as a global ambassador for the sport of ice hockey.
Carroll also announced that Olympus has developed a strategic partnership with the Boston-based company EDGE Sports Groupleading sports ecosystem specialists, to facilitate the development, design and management of the 60-acre sports campus at Olympus.
“EDGE is a powerful addition to the Olympus team, bringing over 30 years of experience delivering all aspects of sports venue design, development and management,” Carroll said.
Located at the highest elevation on the Olympus property, overlooking the inland lake with spectacular views of central Florida, the sports campus will feature traditional and emerging sports at indoor and outdoor training and competition venues; a year-round program of amateur, collegiate and elite events with hospitality and on-site entertainment; and a comprehensive performance institute for top athletes around the world.
“We are honored to partner with Olympus and its team to deliver a self-sustaining, thriving, world-class sports center and destination in Central Florida,” said Brian DeVellis, Founder and President of EDGE Sports Group. “Our work does not stop when the last brick is laid. We are ensuring that the Olympus Sports Campus remains a cornerstone of the community for decades to come.
The crown jewel of the sports campus will be a 5,800-seat multi-purpose arena ready to host major sporting and entertainment events. The sports campus will also include an international football center consisting of a 3,500-seat football stadium and several football pitches; the ice center; a multi-sport court for volleyball, basketball, gymnastics and more; a beach volleyball pavilion; a 4.5-mile trail system for triathlon and other special events; and the largest authentic red-clay tennis court center in the United States, designed to accommodate large-scale events comparable to major international tennis competitions.
“We are known as the ‘Choice of Champions’ not only because so many elite and Olympic athletes live and train here, but because we bring that way of thinking to our community,” said the mayor of Clermont, Tim Murry. “Olympus continues to introduce and develop quality and related partnerships that will provide these athletes with even more training and competition opportunities, and which will benefit everyone involved. We are very excited to coming soon on Wellness Way!”
The Olympus Performance Institute will help professional and amateur athletes train, improve, refine and recover with elite-level strength and conditioning, athletic training, sports nutrition and catering services , and more. Facilities include hydrotherapy, sauna, cold and hot baths, cryotherapy and a red light therapy capsule. Additionally, the institute will house an Athlete Lounge and Content Creation Center offering athletes the opportunity to stay up-to-date with all aspects of their game.
Olympus’ master plan also includes rights for four hotels, including a highly-appointed sports complex and conference center.
Another Olympus partner, Broadcast Service Group, will bring comprehensive broadcast and video production services to the Sports Campus, ensuring venues are always ready for broadcast. Broadcast Service Group’s client portfolio includes ESPN, NBC Sports, Telemundo, Fox Sports, MLS, Orlando City, US Open Tennis and more.
Earlier this year, based in Arizona Healthcare Trust of America (HTA) has committed to building a $100 million medical campus in the sports and wellness district of Clermont. The company purchased a 6-acre site with direct frontage on US 27 at the future Epic Boulevard.
Olympus is expected to create over 2,800 jobs and have an economic impact of over $1.5 billion upon construction. Planned unit development is entitled to a maximum of 1,312 hotel rooms; 1,088 residential units (villas, townhouses, apartments and seniors); 382,687 square feet of medical offices, 384,659 square feet of general offices; 225,124 square feet of mall/retail space and 44,500 square feet of restaurants.
Based on Lake Mary Integra Land Company built 289-unit Class A apartments called Integra Heights in Olympus at the intersection of US 27 and Olympus Boulevard. Integra Heights will be a 9-building garden-style development comprising two- and four-story buildings, with stone exteriors and garages.
Just east of the apartment community, David Weekley Houses has reached an agreement for a 40-acre residential village in Olympus. The design style will be neo-traditional with front porches and unique features made specifically for Olympus. Preliminary plans call for 318 residential sites, about half of which are for single-family homes and the other half for townhouses. The community is expected to open in mid-2023. The Weekley section of Olympus will also feature an exclusive resort-style swimming pool, dozens of parks and a network of trails that stretch throughout the planned community.