Bloomington Ice Garden

Bloomington loves to skate

3600 West 98th Street

Adults, teens and small fry pose on the ice.
Skating is for kids of every age.
One of BIG's rinks
The ice is waiting for you!

Entrance to the Bloomington Ice Garden

Opened in 1970 with one rink, BIG – the Bloomington Ice Garden – has grown to three rinks (one of them Olympic-sized) and a seating capacity of 2,500.

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Bloomington Ice Garden selected to host national competition!

Great news for local figure skating: The Twin Cities has been selected to be a host of the 2016 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Xcel Energy Center will serve as the site for the junior and senior skating championships, while the Ice Garden will host the juvenile, intermediate and novice level contests.

Hockey and skating opportunities at BIG

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Open hockey


Schedule subject to change. Call 952-563-8841 to verify.

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, 3/10, 5/1, 5/15, 5/22, 5/25.


  • $6 per person.
  • Goalies free.

Developmental hockey


Tuesdays, Thursdays
6 - 7 a.m.

Schedule subject to change. Call 952-563-8841 to verify.

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.


  • $6 per person.

Open skating schedule


Schedule subject to change. Call 952-563-8841 to verify.

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 - MARCH 29, 2015

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays
9:30 - 11 a.m.

  • No open skating 12/24, 12/29, 1/19.

4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

  • No open skating 11/27, 12/25

6 - 7 p.m.

  • No open skating 11/28, 12/5, 12/26, 1/2, 1/16, 2/6, 2/27, 3/20.

2 - 3:30 p.m.


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

Pond hockey


Resumes June 2015.

About pond hockey

  • 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.


  • $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.
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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.

More information

If you have questions, or to find out when a specific class will meet, please call the Bloomington Ice Garden at 952-563-8842, TTY: 952-563-8740.

BIG Ice sheet rental

To check on ice availability...

Prices for September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015

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


External links

High school hockey websites


Other websites

  • external link
    • List of available ice for upcoming week.
    • List of upcoming events and contacts.
    • Driving directions.
    • Map of Bloomington Ice Garden.
  • Simply Defense external link
    • A defensive instruction program for players of all ages that gives students the opportunity to learn the finer points of the defense position from other defensemen.

How does the Zamboni work?

The Ice Garden's Zamboni Ice Resurfacers shave, wash and pour the ice on all three rinks at the Bloomington Ice Gardens. Ice at the arenas is made with water purified through a reverse osmosis system. The Bloomington Ice Garden uses two 100-ton refrigeration units to keep everything frozen. The pure water freezes at a higher temperature which saves energy and creates better quality ice.


For more information, contact:

Andy Baltgalvis, Bloomington Ice Garden Manager
3600 West 98th Street, Bloomington, MN 55431
PH: 952-563-8842, FAX: 952-844-0806


Quality Services - Affordable Price