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Ice skaters at BIG

Bloomington Ice Garden

Fall Skate School registration now open! Click Skate School tab below for details.  

The Bloomington Ice Garden opened in 1970 with one rink. BIG now has three rinks, one of them Olympic-sized, and boasts a seating capacity of 2,500.

During the winter, you may also visit Bloomington's outdoor skating rinks and warming houses.

Check out all that the Bloomington Ice Garden has to offer by clicking on the links below for more information!

Adult open hockey

Schedule subject to change. Visit to view current schedule.

Cost: $7 per person; goalies free

Developmental hockey

Schedule subject to change. Visit to view current schedule.

About developmental ice
  • Open to hockey players of all ages.
  • Players can spend time with a coach, parent or on their own.
  • Helmet and mouth guard are required.

Cost: $11 per person

Figure skaters – Pro's ice

Visit to view current schedule.

Cost: $11 per person per hour

Open skating schedule

Schedule subject to change. Visit to view current schedule.  


  • Adults: $5
  • Students 17 and under: $4
  • Skate rental: $3
  • Skate sharpening: $6

Bloomington Skate School

The Bloomington Ice Garden Skate School offers skating lessons year round for people of all ages and abilities. View the PDF icon BIG Skate School Brochure 2019-2020 for a complete list of session dates, class times and prices. 

Online registration is preferred, but in-person registration is available at Civic Plaza from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Registration deadline is three days prior to the start of each session.

The mission of Learn to Skate USA is to provide a fun and positive experience that will instill a lifelong love of skating. As the only ice skating program endorsed by U.S. Figure Skating, USA Hockey, US Speedskating and the Professional Skaters Association, Learn to Skate USA offers every participant a rewarding experience rooted in the lifelong benefits of ice skating.

Learn to Skate logo
US Speedskating logo
USA Hockey Logo

How to Register for Parks and Rec Programs Online

Many programs, such as BIG Skate School for example, require participant households to be registered with the City of Bloomington program management system.  To assist, please review this comprehensive tutorial on how to complete that process.  Online Registration Instructions

Big Renovations at BIG

BIG is currently undergoing a renovation that includes significant upgrades to its main entryway vestibule and locker rooms, as well as the addition of ADA-compliant seating on rinks 1 and 2. With 800,000 visitors per year, we are an important community amenity and as such, we are continually striving to improve in order to ensure we offer the best possible experience for our valued guests.

Click below for a snapshot of our progress as we continue these upgrades, which we anticipate to be fully complete by the end of 2019.

PDF icon BIG 2019 Renovation Progress

BIG in Pictures

  • Ice Garden Front
  • BIG Scoreboard
  • Skating at BIG 1
  • Figure Skating at BIG 1
  • Monument sign at Ice Garden
  • Zamboni at Ice Garden
  • Hockey players at Ice Garden
  • Skating Competition Signage at Ice Garden
  • Skating Medalists at Ice Garden 1
  • Skating Medalists at Ice Garden 2
  • Pano of ice at Ice Garden
  • Jefferson & Kennedy Logos at Ice Garden