The Ohio University Bird Ice Arena is an indoor ice facility featuring an illuminated 190' by 85' ice surface. Activities at Bird include recreational skating, Learn To Play Hockey, Learn To Skate, Athens Youth Hockey Association, academic classes, recreational hockey, figure skating, birthday parties and private rentals. The facility is open from September through April and is available to OHIO students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. Bird Ice Arena is home ice for the four-time ACHA national champions, the ACHA D-1 Ohio University Men's Ice Hockey team.
Bird Ice Arena will be closed for the summer and reopen in the fall of 2019.
University Closure: NO REC SKATE Friday, December 21 - Wednesday, January 2
Spring Break: NO REC SKATE, Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15
|Tuesdays||12 p.m. - 1 p.m.|
|Thursdays||12 p.m. - 1 p.m. &|
|10 p.m. - 11:30 p.m|
|Saturdays||1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.|
|Sundays||3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|December 14 & 15||6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
|January 4 & 5||6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
|January 11 & 12||6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
|January 25 & 26||6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
|March 22 & 23||6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
|March 29 & 30||6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.|
Freestyle ice time is for scheduled private one-on-one lessons & independent skating. It is intended for the use of coaching students who have finished the Learn To Skate program. It is more structured/programed than public recreational skates. 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 contacting
*Skaters below the level of Basic 4 must be in a lesson with a coach in order to skate during Freestyle ice times.
University Closure: NO REC SKATE Saturday, December 22 - Wednesday, January 2
|Mondays||7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.|
|Tuesdays||5:15 p.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Wednesdays||7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.|
|Thursdays||4:30 p.m. - 5:45 p.m.|
|Friday||7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. &|
|4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||11:15 a.m. - 11:45|
|Sunday||1:25 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.|
ProShop will be open for Hockey D1 games.
To purchase OHIO Hockey apparel online, visit our online store here: https://bobcatstore.org/
Located in Bird Arena, Rinkside serves a variety of meal and beverage options during select events including hockey games, ice events and educational programs.
For Rinkside times and menu, visit https://www.ohio.edu/food/locations/Rinkside.cfm
102 Oxbow Trail, Athens, Ohio 45701