Bloomington Ice Garden exterior 1970s

Bloomington Ice Garden turns 50

In 1970, the Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG) opened with one rink, at 3600 West 98th Street. Today BIG has three rinks with a combined seating capacity of 2,500. One of the rinks is Olympic-sized. From Dorothy Hamill to Robby Benson to “The Red Machine” Soviet national ice hockey team, celebrities and skaters of all abilities have visited this popular venue. 

Notable events have run aplenty, with Stanley Cup appearances, practice and competition rounds for the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, National Hockey League events, filming for the movie “Ice Castles” and even a wedding.

A recent renovation project has made BIG even more welcoming. Still, there’s more work to be done. Ongoing updates ensure the best possible experience for guests. The City of Bloomington has a need to reinvest in or reimagine BIG and other aging City facilities. Community amenities are included in the City Council’s strategic priorities that guide the City through 2020.

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