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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.

Zambonis

Special summer ice rental rates
June 1 to August 31, 2015

  • Weekday rates:
    Monday 6 a.m.–Friday 6 p.m:
    $175.00 + $12.73 (tax) = $187.73
  • Weekend rates:
    Friday 6 p.m.–Monday 6 a.m:
    $150.00 + $10.91 (tax) = $160.91

Open hockey

April 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015

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

  • No open hockey  5/1, 5/15, 5/22, 5/25, 6/17, 6/19, 8/21

Cost

  • $6 per person.
  • Goalies free

Developmental hockey

April 1, 2015 - August 31, 2015

Tuesdays, Thursdays 6 - 7 a.m.

  • No Skating 7/16

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.

Cost

  • $6 per person

Spring Open Skating - April 1 - May 31, 2015

Monday - Wednesday - Friday  9:30-11:00 am

Summer Open Skating Schedule - June 8 - August 31, 2015

Monday & Fridays 6:00-7:00 pm

No skating on 7/3; 8/3; 8/21

 

Cost

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

Pond hockey

June 12, 2015 - August 28, 2015, Fridays  4:15-5:45 pm

  • No Skating 7/3; 8/21

  • 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.

Cost

  • $6 per person

Bloomington Skate School

The Bloomington Ice Garden offers skating lessons year round, for people of all ages and abilities. Use the following links to view or print the most recent version of Bloomington Ice Garden's ice skating school program.

Skate School curriculum information

  • Snowplow Sam program (PDF)
    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 (PDF)
    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 (PDF)
    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 (PDF)
    The Therapeutic Badge Program is designed to help physically challenged skaters develop skills and enhance their skating experience.

2016 Ice Show

  • Dates: March 18 and 19, 2016
  • Venue: Bloomington Ice Garden

Deadline for participant registration December 12, 2015

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...

Zambonis

Special summer ice rental rates
June 1 to August 31, 2015

  • Weekday rates:
    Monday 6 a.m.–Friday 6 p.m:
    $175.00 + $12.73 (tax) = $187.73
  • Weekend rates:
    Friday 6 p.m.–Monday 6 a.m:
    $150.00 + $10.91 (tax) = $160.91

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.