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April 23, 2024

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Entertainment District, Ice Hockey Facility Proposed in Sumner County

A new project could soon bring an ice hockey rink to the Gallatin and Hendersonville area.

A planned mixed-use development located between Gallatin and Hendersonville would feature new restaurant and retail space along with multiple ice rinks being developed in partnership with the Nashville Predators, according to officials involved with the project.

The entertainment would be stretched across 54 acres of land in the middle of Gallatin, Hendersonville and unincorporated Sumner County on the corner of Shute Lane and Nashville Pike.

The district would be called The Goat Farm, named after the area’s history, according to the agenda item proposal.

It’s a development proposal for 60,000 sq ft. of retail and restaurant space, a hotel with more than 100 rooms, residential capacity for about 130, and a 36,000 sq ft. indoor recreation venue with ice rinks and restaurants.

The Sumner County Ice Center would be one of the main attractions of the project, according to developers. The facility would feature two National Hockey League (NHL) regulation ice rinks that would be open year-round along with seating for more than 1,800 spectators, skate and party room rentals, administrative offices and food and beverage sales.

Also included in the proposal is an entertainment venue that will highlight food trucks and an outdoor lawn space that will help keep hockey teams and their families busy between games and after tournaments.

The developers, Old Hickory Hockey, LLC, will develop the ice rinks in partnership with the Nashville Predators, according to the senior project manager John Sexton’s letter to the Gallatin Planning Commission.

Gallatin City Council is set to discuss this project at their February 9th Council Committee meeting with a formal public hearing to follow.

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Michael Aldrich

Michael Aldrich is Nashville Parent's Managing Editor and a Middle Tennessee arts writer. He and his wife, Alison, are the proud parents of 4-year-old Ezra and baby Norah.