Ice Skating in the Desert!

If you haven’t yet found your way over to Reno Ice community ice arena to play, watch, or learn a wide variety of ice sports, you’re missing out on a lot of fun and an incredible local recreation resource.

Officially known as Reno Ice and built by the local nonprofit Greater Reno Community Ice Skating Association (GRCISA), the rink took six and half years to plan, fund, and construct at a cost of $9.1M. It officially opened on Wedge Parkway in South Reno January 2020.Ice rink hockey players

“Our purpose for building Reno Ice,” said Cam Sorenson, one of its three founders, “was to grow community support for ice sports in a state-of-the-art ice rink. Reno at the time was the largest city in the country without an ice rink. All three of us who shepherded this project were fortunate to grow up with ice sports in our backgrounds. We believed that the Reno area had a large number of people of all ages who’d had similar experiences – or would like to have them.” That turned out to be a prophetic understatement.

Currently, every minute that Reno Ice is open is fully booked. The rink, open from 5 a.m. – midnight, 7 days/week, hosts approximately 650 learn-to-skate adults, 120 figure skaters, and 700 youth hockey players aged 4 to 18.  Various adult leagues with 42 teams of adult hockey players round out the schedule. Additionally, there are co-ed hockey teams for girls up to 14, but Reno Ice hopes to soon have enough interested and able female players to start a league of their own.

Hockey isn’t “just a rich kid’s sport” as Scheels currently provides scholarships for any local kid that wants to give ice sports a try. The GRCISA nonprofit works to get as many kids on the ice as possible, holding the dream that Reno will one day produce an Olympic skater and an NHL player.

Last but not least, Reno Ice is the home rink for the Senior A, Reno Raiders ice hockey team. (Schedule) If you’ve never watched big and fast top-quality hockey players go at each other from just a few feet away, and bounce pucks off the Plexiglas in front of your face at over 100 mph, it’s a thrill you won’t forget.

Reno Ice hockeyThe demand is great for a second sheet of top-quality ice at Reno Ice. The property adjacent to the current site is already available. Board members and supporters hope to raise the estimated $9.1M for a second sheet of ice, increased event seating, a top-floor restaurant with a view of both sheets of ice, more parking, and event rooms for parties.

“Ice sports are wholesome, attract great people and families, and give you a physical activity you can participate in for your entire life. We have several hockey players in their 60s, 70s, and 80s,” concluded Sorenson.

“If we can raise the funds necessary to build a second rink, Reno Ice will be able to offer this great experience to more children and families in our community.  Our goal from the start was to build a facility with figure skating and hockey programs that the community could be proud of.”

The community is welcome to watch competitive youth hockey games for free on weekends and public skate is on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (rink schedule https://renoice.com/schedule). The rink also will host an upcoming fundraiser game with a CA Highway Patrol and a Reno Fire Department team on October 6th and 7th, 2023 @ 8:00 p.m. Admission is $20 and tickets can be purchased Sept. 23rd @11 a.m., go to www.renoiceraiders.com.

One visit will convince you that Reno Ice is most definitely a recreation treasure and one to support! If you or your organization wish to sponsor a program, donate to the construction of the second rink, or advertise at the facility with banners or other, please reach out to :

Kevin Sunde, General Manager

kevin@renoice.com
Reno Ice
15500 Wedge Parkway
Reno, NV 89511

by Staff

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