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Ice House Sports Complex benefiting from Olympics fever

CHENANGO BRIDGE, N.Y. - Players, fans and employees at the Ice House Sports Complex in Chenango Bridge have caught Olympic fever.

The former Polar Cap is buzzing with activity on the ice from pre-dawn to late night.

This morning, the semi-pro Junior Senators were practicing in advance of their game tonight.

The Junior Senators are currently nationally ranked among developmental league teams and have been putting on an offensive display for its fans, often scoring in the double digits.

The Ice House is also host to the Southern Tier Hockey Association youth league, adult leagues, the Binghamton Blizzard girls hockey and the Ice House IceHawks program for special needs players.

Owner Mike Rogers says everyone in the Fire and Ice Sports Bar wants to watch Olympics coverage on the TV, especially hockey.

"Curling has also been the other big one that everybody's wanted to watch.  To the point where we're giving very strong consideration to adding two curling courts onto the ice next year and bringing in some curling leagues as well," said Rogers.

Rogers bought the sports complex almost three years ago and put in new locker rooms, new showers, renovated the stands and off-ice training center and converted the concession area into a full-blown sports bar, adding an outdoor deck.

The Ice House puts on open, pickup hockey games once or twice a week.

For a schedule of events, go to the Ice House Sports Complex page on Facebook.

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