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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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