Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Topgolf Entertainment Complex Is Coming to Chesterfield

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Topgolf Entertainment Complex Is Coming to Chesterfield

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Topgolf, the Dallas-based operator of golf-related entertainment complexes, plans to open a new facility in Chesterfield, city officials confirmed Thursday.

Aimee Nassif, Chesterfield's planning and development director, said the proposed entertainment and event venue will be located on the 22 acres that is currently home to Hardee's Iceplex and the vacant land immediately to the east of the hockey facility at 16851 North Outer 40 Road.

"The Hardee's Iceplex will be coming down," Nassif said. Based on the size of the project, the two facilities can't coexist in the same space, she said.

The zoning application, submitted late Wednesday by Topgolf USA Chesterfield LLC, says the new facility will allow golfers to hit balls into 11 targets from more than 100 hitting bays on three floors. It will include a full restaurant, bar and corporate meeting space.

Topgolf didn't confirm its plans, but said Thursday in an email: "We should have some exciting news to share soon!"

John Ross, managing owner of the three-rink Iceplex, said it will take Topgolf about six to nine months to go through the approval process with the city of Chesterfield.

It will need to go through zoning and City Council approval before heading for site plan and building permit approval.

Ross, who is also a minority owner of the St. Louis Blues, said Topgolf officials approached his group, Summit Ice Center Investors LLC, about a year ago.

At first the ownership group wasn't interested because it wanted to sell to a buyer committed to maintaining a hockey rink. But the cost to upgrade the nearly 20-year-old facility, which serves as home to the Chesterfield Hockey Association, an amateur youth hockey club, was substantial, and the group decided to sell. …

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