MIDDLETON, Mass., Sept. 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As Essex Sports Center prepares to enter its second full hockey season, the facility is announcing some exciting changes for 2018/2019. The facility is partnering with Boston Burger Company to provide onsite food service; Wachusett Vending will be building an arcade; Essex Sports will be building out a new small-group training area, and Essex Sports Nutrition will commence work on its concessions area. In addition, Essex Sports Center managers will take a more active role in daily operations and management of the facility with assistance from their new manager, Athletic Facilities Administration.

“The new additions to the Essex Sports Center will round out the offerings already in place, and make it an even more exciting destination for athletes and members of the local community,” according to James Stubblebine, president and managing member of Essex Sports Center LLC.

Boston Burger Company has signed a letter of intent to open a restaurant in the main lobby of Essex Sports Center. In addition to onsite dining, the restaurant will offer catering and carry-out meals.

Essex Sports Center will create a small group training area, outfitted to support specialized training and skills workshops in soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, and archery. Essex Sports will also build out a turf locker room storage space, Essex Sports Nutrition Concessions Stand, and a Wachusett Arcade and birthday party room. These additions are expected to be complete in time for high school hockey season in November.

“The Essex Sports Center is an exceptional facility,” says Islander Hockey Club President Richard Gallant. “The combination of two ice rinks, the TSR Pro Shop, Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning and an indoor turf field, with the recent announced plans to complete the tenant buildout, provides the Islander Hockey Club a full-service setting for our families to enjoy.”

“This is going to be an exciting year at the Essex Sports Center,” said David Stubblebine, managing member of Essex Sports Center. “We’ve built a great deal of momentum in our opening seasons with the help and guidance of ESG Associates, and we are now well-positioned to assume the day-to-day operations and management of the facility internally,” said Stubblebine. “As ESG Associates moves to focus on developing and managing their other venues, many of the original staff will remain on the Essex team to ensure a seamless transition. We expect to have a tremendous year: everything is in place for Essex Sports Center to become phenomenally successful.”

Additionally, with a new Superintendent-Director, Dr. Heidi Riccio, in place at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School, partnerships will be increased to include facility usage for events and to establish a more defined presence within the Center. After an initial planning meeting with Stubblebine, Dr. Riccio stated, “We are ready to come together as a team to effectively move forward in the best interest of our students and the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School community as a whole. We look forward to a collaborative relationship with this new management staff.”

About Essex Sports Center Essex Sports Center is a state-of-the-art best-in-class private recreational facility offering twin ice sheets, a 30,000SF indoor synthetic turf field house, a best-in-class strength training center operated by Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning, pro shop by TSR Sports and Sports Rehab Unlimited — serving all of Essex County.

Essex Sports Center is home to top tier high school programs such as St. John’s Prep and Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School. In addition, Essex houses the Aztec soccer program, as well as Danvers and MASCO youth hockey programs and the Islanders Hockey Club, one of the largest privately owned hockey clubs in the Northeast.

Learn more at EssexSports.net.

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