PORT WENTWORTH, Ga. (WSAV) — The Savannah Ghost Pirates announced plans for a new practice facility in the neighboring City of Port Wentworth today.

The training facility is expected to be 90,000 square feet.

The expected completion of the project is in the summer of 2025, the building will house two regulation-size ice rinks, a sports bar and grill and a pro shop. The facility is part of the new sports complex and will cost $25 million. This a joint venture between Port Wentworth and the Ghost Pirates.

Photo provided by the Savannah Ghost Pirates

The Ghost Pirates will pay most of the cost while the city gave the land and will provide all utilities.

After completion of the building, the city will give the ghost pirates a $1 million grant and a loan for a portion of the facility

“It gives us the ability to develop fans from the youth and develop hockey players from the age of four on up,” Ghost Pirates CEO Andy Kaufmann said. “Who knows, maybe in 18 years we will see someone who started skating at four years skate up with the Ghost Pirates. Our favorite thing about it is the engagement with the community 365 days a year. Instead of just 36 home games, we get to hang out and do special things together throughout the year.”

According to the city manager, the park which will house the facility is the largest investment the city has ever made for the community