Tulalips also are interested in constructing an ice arena

Herald staff

Everett might not be the only ones looking to build an ice rink.

The Tulalip Tribes may be interested, too.

"We just haven’t made that decision whether to build an ice rink or not. But now that I know Everett’s doing it, I’ll put that in the mix and we’ll talk about it," said John McCoy, the Tulalips’ executive director of government affairs.

The tribes have plans for a hotel and convention center complex adjacent to their new casino. The casino — two miles south of the tribes’ present casino off I-5 — will cost between $60 million and $72 million and is scheduled to open by September. The convention center’s opening is tentatively set for the summer of 2005 or 2006.

McCoy said he did have some concerns about competing with Everett, but said convention centers are needed facilities. "We need to move forward, and we can’t worry about what Everett’s going to do," McCoy said.

In addition to the casino complex, the Tulalips have other plans for the 460 acres known as Quil Ceda Village near Marysville west of I-5, including:

  • A 500,000-square-foot premium outlet mall with national retailers such as Banana Republic and Anne Klein.

  • A 30,000-square-foot fun center offering go-kart tracks, miniature golf and arcades.

  • A 20-acre water park.

  • A 1,500-seat miniamphitheater.
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