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Recreational Skate Sessions

Rec Skate ice times are open skating sessions available to all experience levels and ages. Fall 2022 Rec Skates will start October 4th!

Before attending, please review the Rec Skate Policies and Procedures [PDF]. Helmets, skating aids, and rental skates (additional $5 fee) will be available at the Front Desk. For more information or accommodations, call 740.593.4623 or email campus.recreation@ohio.edu.

Rec Skate   Time
Tuesday 12 - 1 p.m.
Thursday 12 - 1 p.m. & 10 - 11:30 p.m.
Saturday 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Sunday 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Type Price
OHIO Fac/Staff $5
Adult (Age 18+) $6
Child (Age 17 & Under) $5
OHIO Student Free 
Skate Rental  $5

Midnight Meltdown Ice Skating

Midnight Meltdown Rec Skates are late night skating sessions that take place on select Saturdays after D1 Hockey games throughout the hockey season. Rec Skate prices apply. Before attending, please review the Rec Skate Policies and Procedures [PDF]. Bird Arena staff will be on the ice for assistance.

2022-2023 Season Midnight Meltdown Schedule

  • Saturday, January 21st- 10pm-12am (After OHIO vs. Drexel)
  • Saturday, January 28th- 10pm-12am (After OHIO vs. Illinois)
  • Saturday, February 4th- 10pm-12am- Sibs Weekend (After OHIO vs. Minot State)

Fee: Rec Skate fees apply. No registration is required- Fees will be paid at the Front Desk. Helmets, skating aids, and rental skates (additional $5 fee) will be available at the Front Desk.

Learn to Skate

Learn To Skate is back! Learn To Skate USA curriculum will be used for Snowplow Sam levels 1-4, Basic levels 1-6, and JR Blades/Free Skate. Skating sessions are designed to teach the basics of figure skating or recreational skating.

Learn more about different levels

Classes are available for ages 3 through Adult and include 6 weeks of ice sessions at Bird Ice Arena on either Thursdays or Saturdays. Snowplow Sam and Basic sessions will be 30 minutes each, and JR Blades/Free Skate will be 1 hour sessions. 

2022-2023 Learn To Skate Schedule

  • Fall Session- 6 week session- October 13th- November 19th
    • Open House- Thursday, October 6th- 6pm-7pm
    • Thursdays, 6pm-7:15pm- Oct 13, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 3, Nov 10, Nov 17
    • Saturdays, 10:15am-11:30am- Oct 15, Oct 22, Oct 29, Nov 5, Nov 12, Nov 19
    • Registration open August 15-Oct 15
  • Spring Session- 6 week session- January 26th- March 4th
    • Open House- Thursday, January 19th- 6pm-7pm
    • Thursdays, 6pm-7:15pm- Jan 26, Feb 2, Feb 9, Feb 16, Feb 23, March 2
    • Saturdays, 10:15am-11:30am- Jan 28, Feb 4, Feb 11, Feb 18, Feb 25, March 4
    • Registration open November 1-January 28
  • Spring Ice Show-Saturday, March 18th, 6pm-8p
    • Registration open February 1- March 12
  • Spring 4 week session- March 23rd- April 15th
    • No Open House
    • Thursdays, 6pm-7:15pm- March 23, March 30, April 6, April 13
    • Saturdays, 10:15am-11:30am- March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15
    • Registration open February 1- March 25

Register online at RecShop!

Freestyle Skate Sessions

Freestyle begins October 4

Freestyle ice time is for scheduled private one-on-one lessons & independent skilled skating. Freestyle sessions allow skaters extra practice time to fine-tune their skills. Skaters can work independently on various skills or receive a scheduled private lesson by an outside instructor.

Skaters below the level of Basic 4 must be in a lesson with an instructor in order to skate during Freestyle ice times.

Learn more about different skating levels [PDF]

Freestyle Times
Tuesdays 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Thursdays** 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fridays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Sundays 1:25 - 2:45 p.m.

Before attending, please review the Freestyle Policies and Procedures [PDF].

Freestyle Skate prices are listed on the Fees and Memberships page. Skaters must purchase 15 minute ice time passes in addition to private lesson fees. Bird Arena staff will be located at the ice to monitor Freestyle times and music. For more information or accommodations, call 740.593.4623 or email campus.recreation@ohio.edu.

Private Skate Lessons

Private lessons must be coordinated by external instructors. Instructors who are interested in providing Private Lessons at Bird Arena can find more information by reviewing our Instructor Handout Document [PDF]. For more information or accommodations, call 740.593.4623 or email skating@ohio.edu.

Skaters looking for a private lesson must coordinate lesson times and payment with an outside coach/instructor. Bird Arena will keep an active list of instructors and contact information for interested participants. Payments for private lessons must be completed directly with your coach/instructor. The 15 minute Freestyle ice time entry fees will be paid at the Front Desk with Bird Ice Arena Staff.

Example: If you have a 15 minute private ice lesson with an outside instructor, you will pay the 15 minute Freestyle entry fee at the Front Desk and will also pay your instructor directly for the lesson.

Synchronized Skating

Bird Ice Arena is the proud home for the Synchronized Skating Club team. For more information about the Synchronized Skating Club, please email OhioSynchro@ohio.edu.

Athens Figure Skating Club

Bird Ice Arena is the proud home for the Athens Figure Skating Club. Check out the AFSC on Facebook!