AUBURN, Maine — Norway Savings Bank will pay the city $770,000 for the 10-year naming rights for the new dual-surface ice arena and the main rink’s center ice.
“We could not be more proud to have a partner that is an anchor for western Maine — just as Lewiston-Auburn wishes to be,” Mayor Jonathan LaBonte said.
The facility will be called the Norway Savings Bank Arena, he announced.
The first rink and the arena’s locker rooms should open some time in November.
“We are pushing every day to make it as close to the front end of November as possible,” Rink Manager Josh MacDonald said. “You will notice that boards and glass are missing around us, but they should be in place next week.”
MacDonald said seats and bleachers in the main rink should also be finished next week.
The second surface should be completed in January with the second-floor mezzanine — including warm areas for spectators, offices and concessions — opening in February. A grand opening is tentatively set for early February.
The arena is being built just off Turner Street near the Auburn Mall and overlooking Shaw’s Supermarket and Center Street. The facility will be surrounded by a 380-space parking lot.
“With a steady eye on the future, there is a clear ability for this arena to strengthen Lewiston-Auburn’s position as a major commercial and retail hub for western Maine,” LaBonte said. The rink will mean good things for business, including at area hotels, restaurants and shops.
“From the Hilton, I am hearing good things that as we book tournaments, rooms are getting booked at their facility,” LaBonte said. “The restaurants are buzzing with activity, and a new sporting good facility will be open nearby by this time next month.”
MacDonald told councilors in August that he expects the facility to bring in about $1.18 million in revenues, with an estimated $1.17 million in expenses for 2014.
Patricia Weigel, president of Norway Savings Banks, said the sponsorship underscores the bank’s commitment to Auburn.
“We plan to be here for many years, not just as a business, but as a member of your community,” Weigel said.
The bank opened a branch in Great Falls Plaza in June.
“Since then, we have been looking for a way to let the people of Lewiston and Auburn know that we appreciate the warm welcome we have received since coming to town,” she said.