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Bloomington Ice Garden

Ice skaters at BIG

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.

Adult Open Hockey

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.


  • $6 per person.
  • Goalies free.

Developmental hockey

Tuesdays, Thursdays 6 – 7 a.m.

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.
  • Schedule subject to change. Visit to view schedule.


  • $6 per person.

Open Skating Schedule

Monday and Friday, 5:45 – 7:15 p.m.
June 8 – July 29, 2016


  • Adults $4.
  • Students 17 and under $3.
  • Skate rental $2.
  • Skate sharpening $5.

Pond hockey

Friday 4 – 5:30 p.m.
June 10 – August 12, 2016

  • Open to hockey players all ages (mite - high school).
  • Divider curtains will be down. Pick a rink and play.
  • Parents and Coaches NOT allowed on ice with players.
  • Full hockey gear required.
  • Bring your own puck.
  • Schedule subject to change. Visit to view schedule.


  • $6 per person.

Bloomington Skate School

NEW! Online registration for The Bloomington Ice Garden Skate School will be available starting with Session 1 in September 2015. Please take advantage of our new online registration process. Online registration will be our preferred form of registration going forward. We are currently finalizing the process so it will be ready to go in August.

You will also now be able to register for Skate School classes at Bloomington’s City Hall, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m., and at the Bloomington Ice Garden Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Skate School curriculum information

  • Snowplow Sam program
    The Snowplow Sam levels are designed to help the preschool-age skater become comfortable on the ice and to develop preliminary coordination and strength. Snowplow Sam is a big, fuzzy polar bear who loves to skate.
  • Basic skills 1 - 8
    This eight-level program introduces fundamental moves: forward skating, backward skating, stops, edges, crossovers, turns and Mohawks. Upon completion, skaters will be able to advance to more specialized areas of skating.
  • Free skate curriculum
    Each free skate level has four sections: moves in the field, spins, dance/footwork sequence and jumps. These give skaters a strong foundation on which to build their skills. Skaters are free to choose a recreational or competitive approach to figure skating.
  • Therapeutic curriculum
    The Therapeutic Badge Program is designed to help physically challenged skaters develop skills and enhance their skating experience.

2017 Ice Show

  • Dates: March 2017
  • Venue: Bloomington Ice Garden

Deadline for participant registration TBA.

All Bloomington skate school members are invited to participate. By registering for the show, you also agree to register for skate school session 3 when registration for that session begins. If you sign up for the show and do not attend the winter and spring sessions, you will not be able to skate in the show (please contact Skate School Director, Rene, with any questions). Skaters will be placed into show groups based on their level and age at registration time.

BIG Ice sheet rental

To check on ice availability...

Prices for September 1, 2014 - May 31, 2015

Prices for September 1, 2015 - May 31, 2016

Time of day and week Length of rental Cost

Prime time
Weekdays, 3 - 9:30 p.m.
Weekends, 6 a.m. - 9:30 p.m

1 hour

$190 + tax = $203.82

Non-prime time
Weekdays, before 3 p.m.

1 hour

$140 + $10.19 = $150.19

Every day, after 9:30 p.m.

1 hour

$150 + tax = $161.91

Another skating option

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