Woodman’s adds $1 million to planned Janesville community center

Woodmans Sports And Convention Center
CREDIT: Friends of the Indoor Sports Complex
CREDIT: Friends of the Indoor Sports Complex

JANESVILLE, Wis. — On Wednesday, a planned community center in Janesville took another step toward reality.

The grocery store chain Woodman’s announced a new $1 million pledge to the proposed indoor sports and convention center. The company bought the naming rights to the building for $2 million in 2019.

“Over the last few years, we have all experienced an inflationary environment like never before,” Woodman’s president Clint Woodman said. “Knowing the importance and transformational nature of this project, we remain committed and are excited to announce that we will increase our contribution.”

The 130,000-square-foot Woodman’s Sports & Convention Center would replace a vacant section of the Uptown Janesville mall. The project is expected to cost about $30 million.

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The center would include a 20,000-square-foot conference area that could be converted into a space for youth sports, a year-round permanent ice arena, and a multi-purpose arena that could be used for ice sports, hardcourt sports and other community activities.