Bloomington Ice Garden

Explore 50 years of history at BIG

At Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG), turning 50 is a BIG deal. Since the facility opened in 1970, the garden expanded from one rink to three, hosted skating groups, competitions and played host to countless special events. From celebrities, to games, to dog and baseball card shows, and even a wedding, BIG has seen it all. 

1970

  • Bloomington Community Ice Garden opens with one rink.
  • Denny May hired as arena manager.

1974

  • Russian men’s national ice hockey team practices.

1975

  • Rink 2 added.

1976

  • Dorothy Hamill skates.

1978

  • St. Louis Blues shoot commercial.

1979

  • The movie “Ice Castles” hits the rink, and actor Robby Benson learns how to skate.

1980

  • U.S. national team scrimmage.

1981

  • Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers practice.

1993

  • Rink 3 added.

1994

  • First electric Zamboni purchased.

2006

  • Manager Denny May retires.
  • Andy Baltgalvis named manager.

2007

  • Renovations completed to Rink 1 for new cement floor, energy-efficient refrigeration system, extended players’ boxes and seamless glass.

2009

  • BIG hosts U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships practices.

2010

  • BIG hosts the U.S. Adult Figure Skating Championships.

2016

  • Host to U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
  • Manager Andy Baltgalvis retires.
  • Bob Carr named manager.

2017

  • BIG takes second place in the third annual, Kraft Hockeyville U.S.A. competition.
  • Minnesota Wild hold team practice.

For more information, visit blm.mn/BIG or call 952-563-8841.