Ice Skating Training Facilities
San Diego Figure Skating Communications
of Feasibility Study
Does it make economic sense to build and operate a new ice rink?
The prospects of constructing a new ice skating facility depends a lot on the economic conditions, demographics, climatic conditions of the geographic site, and both existing and potential expansion of the market base of youth, adults, and seniors who will provide the necessary financial support insuring success of the project.
Specific ice rink proposals may be advanced after completing a comprehensive demographic analysis and feasibility study with detailed revenue and expense projections:
Spectator seating and a comfortable heated arena environment with permanent seating
Economically constructed rinks can be designed without sufficient clear span to incorporate unobstructed spectator seating in the rink; however, some do provide views from behind glass enclosed and heated areas on the ends of the rink's main structure. This is a nice feature as these areas make the time spent at practice sessions much more enjoyable for parents than having to endure freezing temperatures and dampness that is bone chilling.
Facilities that have multiple ice surfaces should consider constructing an arena with permanent style seating on one side with a capacity of 1,500 spectators and room to expand the seating to the remaining three sides for a total 4-5,000 seats.
Ice arenas with 3-5,000 seating (minor league/college event arenas) are very conducive to holding major curling, speed, hockey, and figure skating competitions of local, regional, and national importance that can not begin to fill the larger and more expensive to rent Sports Arenas designed for professional basketball and hockey teams. Spectator events are important revenue generators and provide a marketing tool to attract new business to the smaller event arenas.
Some communities have a need for dry floor activities such as trade shows, conventions, stage productions, etc. that can be booked in the off season when all ice sports have ended their competitive season.
An ice arena, with theater style seating and multipurpose concrete floors, can be an excellent asset for trade shows, concerts, circus, and other theatrical events, especially when a mutually beneficial partnership with a hotel can be achieved that is in close proximity to the arena.
In the late spring and summer, ice skating activities can be easily accommodated in one or two non spectator seating practice rinks adjacent to the main arena. When hockey activities fall off, figure skating is beginning to gear up for a very intense spring and summer training schedule in preparation for the next competitive season. Refer to Training Stages and Sports Activity Schedules.
Expanding the number of ice surfaces does not double the operation expenses
The operation of a multiple ice surface facility benefits from the ability to use more efficient staffing and sharing of essential refrigeration, zamboni, locker rooms, sports shop, food court, skate rental/repair, and administrative expenses.
Some areas can acquire a minor league hockey franchise and high school/college hockey teams that will fill the arena with spectators on a regular basis.
An ice skating facility can be part of a hub for other community sports and recreational activities
In cold winter climates it is not unusual for Schools and the County Parks and Recreation Department to provide natural ice November through mid March and indoor artificial ice rinks from September through April. Some even conduct 4 - 6 week summer sessions for hockey and figure skating schools/clinics.
In colder climates it is common to construct indoor swimming pools, tennis, soccer, and lacrosse fields besides the traditional high school basketball/wrestling gymnasiums with many college and universities constructing facilities and hosting gymnastics and indoor track teams.
Monroe Multsports Complex The City, through the Monroe Building Authority, built the Monroe Multi Sports Complex, which opened in February 1998. Designed to be a multi use facility, one side is meant to be a permanent ice rink while the other side can be used as an additional ice or for indoor sports or convention type activities. In addition to main floor activities there are meeting rooms on the second floor. The building is equipped with locker room facilities, skating pro shop, and concession area, and video arcade.
In nearby St. Peters, officials had set another standard for indoor recreation when they decided to build the $16 million Rec-Plex, which opened in 1994. It also has two ice arenas, one indoor and one covered but outdoors, as well as a double sized gym with an elevated walking track, a rock- climbing wall, a fitness center, baby sitting services and a 6,000 square foot food court serving such treats as hamburgers, hot dogs, pizza and ice cream.
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