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Bloomington Ice Garden lobby

Big facility improvements on the way for Bloomington Ice Garden

An ice arena needs a refresh now and then. Times have changed since the Bloomington Ice Garden (BIG) opened in 1970. Hockey was once a male-dominated sport, and locker rooms were designed accordingly with many connected spaces and few walls. Nowadays, more contained layouts are conducive to coed use.

A BIG update is in the works. Rink one and rink two locker room improvements will create separate restroom and shower areas. The main entryway and lobby will be updated with a new entrance canopy, automatic doors, paint and lighting. Crews will also add Americans with Disabilities Act compliant ramps and platforms in rinks one and two. Outside the building, sidewalks will be widened. The $1.6 million project is planned to begin in the spring with a projected finish sometime in the fall.

The facility’s enhancements are in keeping with One Bloomington, the City Council’s strategic plan for enhancing community amenities. BIG has more than 860,000 annual visitors and will remain open during construction. For information, visit or call 952-563-8841.