Springfield, VA — On Saturday, The St. James – a massive sports complex built in Norther Virginia – opened to the public. The 450,000 square-foot gym is a sports, wellness, and entertainment complex and basically the size of a medium-sized airport.
While the open-house was going on, the first official hockey game took place on one of the NHL regulation-sized ice rinks – an U-10 game between the St. James travel team and the Tri-City Eagles. Stanley Cup Champion, and founding member of the St. James, Alex Ovechkin dropped the first puck and spent some time skating with the youth and playing coach.
Ovechkin joined the two youth teams on the ice during the pregame warmup. After passing pucks to each player, he participated in a few line drills but opted not to shoot on the tiny goalie, instead dishing to a tiny teammate. Once the goalie left the net, he took a few one timers from the Ovi Spot to show off.
The St. James broke ground a year ago, with Alex Ovechkin helping with the official shovel scooping.
The St. James members enjoy access to all the sport venues including a three-level health club. Pick-up sports, whether it be basketball, turf-sports, or hockey, will not require the athlete to become a member.
The building includes:
Aside from the sports training and competition assets, the St. James also includes a 50,000 square foot health club with spinning and yoga rooms as well as a sports medicine center which opens in the spring. You can also find an indoor waterpark, a restaurant and cafe in connection with celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn, and retail space.
Photos: Cara Bahniuk
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