Ice skating returns to the Indiana State Fairgrounds for the first time in 17 months with a free public skating session in the new Youth Arena from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today.
Rental skates will also be available for free on a first-come, first-served basis. This will mark the first skating event to take place in the $10 million facility that opened in August during the Indiana State Fair.
“This is like a second ‘grand opening’ for the youth arena, and we want to provide an opportunity for the whole city to come see it and enjoy this wonderful new ice surface,” State Fairgrounds Executive Director Cindy Hoye said. “This is where we will host all our skating and hockey activities until the coliseum is reopened next year.”
The coliseum, originally built in 1939, is in the middle of a $63 million renovation, which includes the creation of the youth arena. Once the coliseum reopens in 2014, the fairgrounds will have two rinks to accommodate public skating, youth hockey tournaments and many other events.
Public skating sessions officially begin Oct. 7. Admission will be $6 for skaters 4 years of age and older; children 3 and younger may skate free. Figure skates may be rented for $4; hockey skates are available for $5.
Regular skating hours will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
The youth arena includes a skate shop with a variety of hockey and skating equipment available for purchase as well as uniform services for entire teams. Skate sharpening is also available. Skate Shop hours of operation are from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 7 p.m. Sunday.
Registration is now open for the 2013-14 youth hockey season. For more information, call the skate shop at 927-7622 or visit the website at eteamz.com/Hockey StartsHere.