Now in 2018, some 34 years later, construction is once again under way as the LancerLot Sports Complex has been sold and is undergoing major renovations to once again become home to ice hockey in the Roanoke Valley.
According to The Vinton Messenger archives, “In July 1984, construction began on Henry Brabham’s dream of a home for his Virginia Lancers professional ice hockey team as the footers were dug for the LancerLot. Workmen began setting steel in August. A back-breaking construction schedule saw the huge building complete in about six months.”
By 1986, the facility evolved into Brabham’s version of a complete sports center— 115,000 square feet on three floors open seven days a week and hosting such diverse activities as ice hockey, state gymnastics and swim meets, indoor soccer, and religious conventions.
The building was the only one of its kind in western Virginia at the time.