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Facility Info & Hours

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 late September to March 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. 

Thanksgiving Schedule:

Bird Arena will be closed on  November 22, 23 and 24  for the Thanksgiving holiday, with the exception of Athens Youth Hockey Association (AYHA) and morning drop-in hockey on  November 23.

Rec skate will remain as scheduled on November 25 and 26.


Fall 2017 Operational Hours:


Tuesday & Thursday: 10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.

Saturday: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Please note: There will be NO REC SKATE  on the following days:

Saturday, November 4
Saturday, November 11
Saturday, November 18
Saturday, January 20
Saturday, February 17
Sunday, February 18


Start date: Thursday, September 7 th

Freestyle Ice Time is for private one-on-one lessons though it is open to the public, it is intended for the use of coaching students who have finished Learn To Skate training program. It is more structured/programmed than public recreational skates.  Freestyle sessions allow skates extra practice time to fine-tune their skills. Skaters can work independently on various skills or receive a private lesson.

Tuesday: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Thursday: 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Friday (Adult Only, Ages 16+): 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Friday : 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saturday: 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.



Start Date: Monday, September 11 th

Free Drop in Hockey and Registration: Monday, September 11 and Wednesday, September 13th, 9:00 p.m. - 10:15 pm

For more information about BAHL, please visit the hockey link here: https://www.ohio.edu/recreation/facilities/bird/hockey.cfm


ProShop will be open for Hockey D1 games starting Friday, September 15 th

To purchase OHIO Hockey apparel online, visit our  online store here !


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


Contact Information

(740) 593-4676