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Bob Carr retiring from BIG

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Bloomington Briefing Published March 22, 2021
Updated on April 8, 2022

The Bloomington Ice Garden and Bob Carr go back a long time. You could say Carr’s image is almost engrained into the ice. His expert knowledge of hockey, skating and BIG business have helped shape how things work at the facility for 46 years. On April 30, Carr will retire as ice garden manager.

During his time at BIG, the facility has hosted national and regional hockey tournaments, high school hockey games, figure skating competitions, and ice shows, and even a wedding or two.

It all started in 1974. At first, he split his time between BIG and Dwan Golf Course. After a couple of years, he became a full-time employee at the ice garden. Over time, Carr worked in different roles and his association with BIG expanded.

From everyday ice users, to celebrities, to City staff and all-around skating fans, Carr made a connection with everyone. Those who visited BIG enjoyed his keen wit and welcoming manner. He will be missed in a BIG way.