Ice Skating Training Facilities
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Facility Ownership Models
The ownership, operation, and maintenance of a facility can be achieved by the use of several business models:
A rink can achieve maximum revenue potential by offering curling, speed, hockey, and figure skating programs on a year round basis to fully serve and satisfy interests of sports and recreational skaters.
When one sheet of ice is available, it is becomes difficult to justify providing amenities that are not going to be used on a frequent basis. Among the items that are eliminated or drastically curtailed are:
The demand for winter ice time for practice sessions to train for competitions, match, and games far exceeds the supply. Rink management must balance the support for ice sports programs that provide strong rink support on a year round basis.
For many ice sports, the competitive training season starts about the time school starts in the fall. Competitive seasons are concluding as the outside weather in cold climates turns to outdoor warm weather sports after being cooped up indoors all winter.
Figure skating has become a year round sport for most of its disciplines. The National Showcase and the Theater on Ice Championships are held in early summer. The Grand Prix Junior Championship series starts in late summer and continues through December. The figure skating qualifying competitions and National Junior Championships are held in the late fall. The US National championships, World Junior Championships, World Senior Championships, and Winter Olympics are held from early January through Early March. The National Synchronized Team Skating and Adult National Championships are held in late winter followed by the World Synchronized Team Championships.
Advances in Dehumidifying Equipment
The summer heat and humidity problems have been solved several decades ago. Rinks that installed the necessary dehumidifying equipment gain from the additional revenue that far exceeds the extra power and labor expenses to operate year round.
Ice Rinks as Money Makers
Having owned and operated an ice rink for 29 years, I have a unique view of the ... It doesn't matter whether they are privately owned or government owned.
New York Ice Skating History – A Brief Overview of Ice Skating ...
The evolution of ice skating on ponds, lakes, and manmade rinks in New York ... site of the privately owned Ravenhall Baths to open Abe Stark Rink in 1970.
Surface statistics: ice rink study gives the cold, hard facts ...
"in Minnesota, for example, there aren't any truly privately owned and operated
Privately Owned and Operated Skating Membership Clubs
Only 7 or 8 Skating Clubs in the USA own their own facility. A few older figure skating clubs, including the Skating Club of Boston and the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club are organized along the same lines as a country club.
They effectively operate as private social clubs as well as sports organizations. Some include club activities such as dinners, teas or receptions. At these clubs, prospective members typically need to be sponsored by existing members and are expected to become acquainted with others in the club before the board votes on their membership application.
Facilities that offer a full compliment of recreational activities and services are more likely to achieve the maximum support from the community to fund larger, more expensive and comprehensive plans.
The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:
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