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Bloomington Ice Garden

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.

Visit ice.blm.mn to view the current ice schedule for today and upcoming dates, including private rentals, open skating, open hockey and available ice for rinks 1, 2 and 3.

Visit rinkfinder.com to request an reservation for ice time. Pricing information is available below.

Special summer ice rental rates

June 1 – 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

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 - JUNE 5, 2015: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • No open hockey 11/28, 12/19, 12/24, 12/29, 1/1, 1/16, 1/19, 2/13, 3/3, 5/1, 5/15, 5/22, 5/25.

Cost

  • $6 per person.
  • Goalies free

Developmental hockey

Tuesdays, Thursdays 6 - 7 a.m.

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

Open skating schedule

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 - MARCH 29, 2015: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 9:30 - 11 a.m.
No open skating 12/24, 12/29, 1/19.

Thursdays
4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
No open skating 11/27, 12/25

Fridays 6 - 7 p.m.
No open skating 11/28, 12/5, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 2/6, 2/27, 3/20.

Sundays 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost

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

Pond hockey (Resumes June 2015)

  • 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.

2015 Ice Show

  • Dates: March 20 and 21, 2015
  • Venue: Bloomington Ice Garden

Deadline for participant registration December 13, 2014

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

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Prices for September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015

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