THE BRONX - The Bronx may soon be home to the world's largest indoor ice facility.
News 12 took a tour of the now-vacant Kingsbridge Armory, which would feature nine indoor rinks and a 5,000-seat performance space for hockey games, figure skating or concerts.
Developer KNIC Partners says that the facility is not just good news for skaters, but for the whole community because of the revenue and tourism it will bring.
Critics say the facility seems out of place in the Bronx, but proposal advocates like former Rangers captain Mark Messier say the community has lacked the opportunity to participate in ice-related sports.
“We want this to be a recognized, iconic building around the world,” Messier told News 12.
The proposal still needs to pass a vote by the City Council.
Bronx City Councilman Fernando Cabrera faced scrutiny last week over claims he wanted money for an organization he and his church have been associated with in the past in exchange for his support for the ice facility proposal. KNIC partners called the request inappropriate. Cabrera has denied any wrongdoing.