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Skating Programs

Bird Ice Arena Programming Update

Bird Ice Arena programming, special events, and rentals will continue to be postponed through the 2020-2021 season- Including: Freestyle & Lessons, Drop In Hockey, and the Bird Arena Hockey League (BAHL). Student Rec Skate information can be found on the Skating Programs page. Bird Arena will not accept any rentals or reservations this season. 

Learn to Skate

Check back for Learn To Skate Program Updates! 

Recreational Skate Sessions

Rec Skate ice times are open skating sessions available to all experience levels and ages. For Spring 2021, OHIO students must pre-register online by visiting RecShop. Fees can be found on the Fees and Memberships page and must be paid online at registration. 

Before attending, please review the Rec Skate Policies and Procedures. Bird Arena staff will be available on the ice for any assistance. Helmets and Rental Skates (additional fee) will be available at the Front Desk. For more information or accommodations, call 740-593-4623 or contact campus.recreation@ohio.edu!

Spring 2021 Student Rec Skate Times (Spring 2021 Rec Skate times available for OHIO Students only.

  • February - March Rec Skate Times
    • Tuesdays- 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays- 8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

OHIO Students must register for Rec Skate times in advance by visiting RecShop.

Freestyle Skate Sessions

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. For more information on Learn To Skate USA’s Basic Skill Levels, visit the Basic Skills- FUNdamentals document here.

Before attending, please review the Freestyle Policies and Procedures.

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 contact campus.recreation@ohio.edu!

  • Freestyle Times
    • Check back for Fall 2021 Freestyle ice times!

Private Skate Lessons

New for 2020, 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.  For more information or accommodations, call 740-593-4623 or contact 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.

 

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. Bird Arena staff will be on the ice for assistance.

  • Midnight Meltdown Dates:
    • Check back for 2021-2022 Season dates!

Time: 10:00 p.m. - Midnight
Fee: Rec Skate fees apply. No registration is required- Fees will be paid at the Front Desk. Helmets and Rental Skates (additional fee) will be available at the Front Desk.

For more information or accommodations, call 740-593-4623 or contact campus.recreation@ohio.edu!

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 or visit the Campus Recreation Club Sports website.

Athens Figure Skating Club

Bird Ice Arena is the proud home for the Athens Figure Skating Club. Check the AFSC on Facebook- @AthensFigureSkatingClub