Top Stories 2012: Chelsea Piers Opens In Stamford

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Chelsea Piers Connecticut announced its opening in the end of June, and opened to the public early in July. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

STAMFORD, Conn. — The following is the third of 10 stories The Stamford Daily Voice will post in the coming days to recap the year that was in Stamford. The stories are not running in any order.

Stamford welcomed several businesses to the city over the year, none bigger – in space at least – than Chelsea Piers, which opened its 400,000-square-foot Connecticut location to the public in July.

The complex includes: a hockey rink, a figure skating rink, a gymnastics training center, tennis courts, squash courts, batting cages, hardwood courts for basketball and volleyball, an indoor turf field for many sports, and a one-fifth of a mile track.

Chelsea Piers Connecticut also offers an organic café, a sit-down restaurant, child care facilities, a day care program, a pro shop, a cycling training studio, a BlueStreak Sports Training branch, and Stamford Hospital extension for sports medicine and physical therapy. 

The team from Chelsea Piers began visiting the former Clairol site on Blachley Road in 2009, before deciding on Stamford in 2010. It took almost two years for construction to be completed.

In August the facility hosted Hands For Life Stamford 2012, which broke the U.S. record training people in CPR in a single day when 5,131 people learned the hands-only technique. The event fell shy of its goal of setting the world record, which was set in Singapore when 7,909 people learned CPR.

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