Florida Hospital Center Ice – Cool off this summer

center_iceFlorida Hospital Center Ice has opened the doors to its new facility in Pasco County. A “puck dropping” ceremony was held prior to the official opening, where community leaders gathered to celebrate this new community treasure.

The new Florida Hospital Center Ice Complex, with its five rinks, is the largest ice complex south of New York State. It boasts 150,000 square feet of ice over three NHL rinks, an Olympic rink, a mini-rink and a batch of training rooms. The hope is to attract national hockey and figure skating competitions, while still keeping the rink open for public skating.

Rink officials said they’ve already lined up hockey tournaments, including a national adult tournament in April and the high school state championship in February.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will sponsor a recreational league that operates from Center Ice, as well as some camps and clinics. It won’t practice at Center Ice, though, as they have an arrangement to practice at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon, which has two pro-sized rinks.

Fun for the whole family:

Public skating session days and times are subject to change. The cost to skate is $9.75 for adults, not including tax. Seniors, veterans and active duty military with valid ID pay $7.75 plus tax. Rental skates are $4.25 a pair plus tax. Family four-packs will be available for $40, which includes skate rental. Additional family members cost $10.
Mondays – 5 to 7 p.m.

Wednesdays – 8 to 10 p.m., adults only

Thursdays – 7 to 9 p.m.

Fridays – 8 to 10 p.m.

Saturdays – noon to 2 p.m.; 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.; 8 to 10 p.m.

Sundays – 1 to 3 p.m.; 6 to 8 p.m.

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