Now that Thanksgiving is over and December is upon us, ’tis the season to start thinking about winter sports, and there’s no better way to stay active this winter and get in the holiday spirit than to go ice skating! Where, you ask? With five local options for public rink time, there’s no shortage of opportunities to lace up your skates and hit the ice:
1. Centennial Sportsplex
Located in the heart of midtown adjacent to Centennial Park, Centennial Sportsplex offers patrons a range of opportunities to get active, from fitness classes and swimming to tennis courts and, yes, an ice rink. The Sportsplex was renovated last summer and now boasts a brand new fitness center, and public skate times are free to Centennial Sportsplex members.
Bonus: Team Green members get discounts on Sportsplex memberships all year.
Open Skate: $7 (or $9 with rentals)
2. Ford Ice Center
Home of the Nashville Junior Predators and many Middle Tennessee collegiate hockey teams, as well as the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy, the Ford Ice Center is Nashville’s premier ice skating and hockey facility. Located in Antioch, the Center hosts classes, summer camps, and even a broomball league, offering a little something for everyone who wants to get on the ice, no matter their skill level.
Bonus: Open skating occasionally features live music and a light show, with select Friday and Saturday open skate sessions facilitated by a live DJ.
Open Skate: $7 ($10 with rentals)
3. Walk of Fame Park
Nashville’s newest and most temporary ice rink will soon be available to the public for open skating starting on December 12th. The rink is being installed in Walk of Fame Park in the heart of SoBro next to Bridgestone Arena and is a part of the infrastructure being put in place for Nashville’s hosting of the 2016 NHL All Star Game, which will be played on January 31st. The finished rink will be about half the size of a full hockey rink and should provide a truly unique skating experience for hockey fans and skating enthusiasts alike.
Open Skate: Not yet released
Availability: Not yet released.
Open: December 12th – January 31st
4. A-Game Sportsplex
One of Nashville’s longest-standing multi-purpose athletic facilities, A-Game has a little something to offer everyone looking to get active year-round. Featuring basketball and volleyball courts, hockey and skating rinks, a fitness center, and even a laser tag arena, A-Game is a true destination for all things indoor fitness related. The only ice rink in Williamson County, A-Game is a great resource for anyone living in Franklin looking to get some skating in before the holidays.
Open Skate: $7 ($10 with rentals)
Open: Year-Round. Note: A-Game is closing permanently in the spring of 2016, so skate while you can!
5. Opryland Hotel
If you’re looking for a place to take the kids skating this winter, or if you really want to get in the holiday spirit, the outdoor Opryland ice rink is probably your best bet! Though a little pricier than some of the other skating options, you really can’t beat the magical feeling that comes from stepping onto the Opryland grounds and being surrounded by more than 2 million twinkling Christmas lights and acres of holiday decorations. Experiencing the holidays at Oprylandis more or less a Nashville right of passage, so you’ve got to give it a shot at least once if you’ve never been before.
Open Skate: $15 (with or without rentals)
Availability: Open daily. Hours vary.
Open: November 20th-January 2nd
See you on the ice, Nashville!
– Matt (Lightning 100’s Community Engagement Director)