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The Lincoln Stars held their last official practice of the season on Thursday, and while that was happening, buildings were being torn down around the Ice Box at the former State Fair Park.

As of now, though, no major changes are planned by the Stars organization.

Most activities have ended at the Ice Box, aside from a few adult and youth hockey leagues, and the ice will be removed following the Star City Figure Skating Club show on April 18.

In the past, the ice had to be removed to make room for the State Fair to use the arena. Even though there would be the possibility of having year-round ice now, Stars President Jim Pflug says at this point there is not enough demand in Lincoln to offset the cost of utilities and maintenance required to keep the ice.

The Stars are close to finalizing an agreement to be a practice facility for the USA Roller Sports national event, and other groups may use the facility in the summer.

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In the past, the Stars began practice in mid-September, which is later than some USHL teams.

At this point, Lincoln doesn't plan to begin practices earlier. If the coaching staff decides to begin practices earlier, Pflug said it would be more economical to have the team practice in Omaha or Fremont rather than install the ice earlier.

There will be discussions in the offseason on possible improvements that could be made to make the Ice Box more fan-friendly, Pflug said.

The Stars lease at the Ice Box runs through 2031.


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