Ice Skating Training Facilities
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Private Membership Skating ClubsSkating Clubs offering private membership are operated by its members
Obviously when a single organization - pubic or private - is involved, it is easier to achieve a consensus. As more groups become involved, the difficulty of pleasing everyone becomes more problematic. However, this also means more members of the community will receive benefits, just not to the exclusive level they would prefer.
In a few cases the members actually own and operate the facility. In many instances the non-profit clubs lease/contract for large blocks of ice for the exclusive use of its members and offer "Learn to Skate" group class programs.
Scheduling problems arise in the winter months as demand for ice time exceeds the supply
A well designed rink with one sheet of ice generally provides amenities such as spectator seating, off-ice training facilities, well equipped locker rooms, adequate parking, and comprehensive food service. The amenities can be located to serve a second or third ice surface.
An excellent example is the Ice House which is largest ice skating facility in the NYC Metro and Northern NJ area featuring 4 skating rinks for hockey, figure skating, and public ice skate sessions.
There is a tendency for rink management to cater almost exclusively to the competitive aspects of ice sports. However, there is a large body of recreational athletes that can provide a very profitable revenue stream if rink management invests the time and energy to develop interest in curling, speed, hockey, and figure skating programs as well as offering a schedule of public skating on a year round basis. Never forget that the public sessions provide a constant source of new skaters who potentially may desire to specialized in a specific ice skating sport. The television coverage of the Winter Olympic Sports stimulate a larger interest in ice skating than typically occurs in the build up to the christmas gift giving season.
When the demand for ice, for specific purposes, far exceeds the supply the market causes the ice fees increase for the popular time slots. If the management intends to operate the facility all year round, they must consider how to support the club(s) that are most active after the winter competitive season ends. This usually occurs about the time the outside weather in colder climates favors getting outdoors after being cooped up indoors all winter.
Skating is not just for school children
Over the previous two decades there has been an increase in the 20 to 30 age singles who have become enthusiastic about ice skating. These skaters will take lessons, pay admissions, purchase new skates, various protective gear, and garments to enter competitions.
The summer heat and humidity problems have been solved for several decades. Rinks that installed the necessary dehumidifying equipment gained from the additional revenue that far exceed the extra power and labor expenses to operate year round.
Ice Rinks as Money Makers
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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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