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Construction & Operation

       Many architects and engineers may never design a free standing ice rink in their life time and a few may only design one. There are some firms will specialize in designing sports arenas and major recreational complexes with a wide variety of sports venues, including year round ice skating facilities.

       The following articles are provided to facilitate locating information on designing and developing an ice skating project that will meet the needs of recreational and competitive skaters, secure the necessary zoning/building permits, and generate community support to finance the project.

       The first-ever online-only version of the IIHF’s Guide to building an ice hockey arena was a complete rework and reinterpretation of the old IIHF Arena Manual.

      The guide features drawings, images, technical details, and facts for each of four types of arena projects, ranging from “Small” to “XL”. Through this online platform, the user will also be able to access latest news and information, and to view updates in the technology and building techniques for ice hockey arenas. The Arena Guide can be viewed at


The “old” IIHF Arena Manual is still available for download and printing below. For updated information please use the online guide above.

Chapter 1: You can build an ice rink everywhere

1.1 Introduction of the Manual/IIHF Prototype
1.2 Introduction to ice hockey

Chapter 2: Social interest of an ice rink

2.1 Interest of the community
2.2 Activity programs and services
2.3 Ice rinks throughout the world

Chapter 3: Technical guidelines of an ice rink

3.1 General introduction
3.2 Sizing the ice rinks
3.3 IIHF prototype definition
3.4 Materials and structural systems for an ice rink
3.5 Mechanical and electrical plant
3.6 Energy consumption optimization
3.7 Environmental effects

Chapter 4: Economic profile of the IIHF ice rink prototype

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Construction costs
4.3 Operational budget

Chapter 5: Financing

5.1 Construction costs / Investment costs
5.2 Operational costs

IIHF Rules for Ice Rinks


Recommended Reading:
  1. Park and Recreation owned and operated community rinks
  2. Church Owned and Operated Community Centers
  3. Private Membership Skating Clubs
  4. Privately Owned Rinks Open to Public
  1. Market Analysis Summary
  2. Amenities and Services
  3. Naming Rights
  4. Strategy and Implementation Summary
  5. School and Community Programs & Activities
  6. Charter Schools     High School of the Arts
  7. Competitive & Recreation Athletes Health & Wellness Services
  8. Management Summary
  9. Job Descriptions
  10. Financial Plan
  11. Ice Rink Executive Summary
  • Historical Background:
Transformation of an Olympic Oval

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:

The Ultimate Ice Skating Facility
Planning a New Ice Skating Rink
Summary - Developing New Ice Skating Rinks
Executive Summary
Formulating a Rink Proposal
Feasibility Study
Business Financial Structures
Rink Feasibility Study
Facility Design Issues
Facilities Concerned with Design
Design Principles
Ice Skating Rink Business
PDF  When Bigger is Better
PDF  How An Ice Arena Works

All materials are copy protected. 
The limited use of the materials for education purposes is allowed providing
credit is given for the source of the materials.

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