SoKY Ice Rink opens for holiday season

The second annual SoKY Ice Rink opened Friday, Nov. 17, and is located at the SoKY Marketplace Pavilion where skate rentals and concessions are available.

Noah Moore

Sharpen your skates because the second Annual SoKY Ice Rink is now officially open for the holiday season.

The ice rink, sponsored by Wiesemann Orthodontics, opened Nov. 17 to welcome the holiday season with the popular holiday activity.

The rink is essentially a culmination of many different vital parts of Bowling Green. Several local businesses such as Warren County Inline Hockey League, SoKY Marketplace, Scott Waste Services and SKyPAC sponsor the rink.

If you’re not a pro, the SoKY Ice Rink has plenty of space to accommodate a full range of ice skaters and their varying skill sets. With a 6,000 square foot ice rink, SoKY Ice assures that there is space for up to 175 skaters, both tiny and grown.

“My favorite part about skating is the different skill levels you see on the rink,” sophomore Lexi Herman said. “You have people like me who can barely skate to save their life and some people who are borderline Olympians. It’s always so funny to see them skating next to each other and I think this rink’s size is perfect for that.”

The rink itself is located in downtown Bowling Green, at the SoKY Marketplace Pavilion at the corner of 6th and Center Streets, with a venue open for parties and events just next door at Historic Taylor’s Chapel. The rink also offers holiday concessions with everything from gingerbread lattes to cinnamon pretzels.

Season passes are $75 for unlimited skating until the rink closes January 7. However, the fee for a one-night skate is $10 for adults and $8 for children, military personnel, emergency responders and WKU students, and includes the price of skate rentals.

“The rink is super nice quality and the price with my ID is too good to pass up,” freshman Valentina Pinilla said. “It’s nice to see the rink back this year. It’s always a fun thing to do when a lot of my college friends go home for winter break.”

Tonight kicks off the rink’s event season with the “80’s and 90’s Dance Party.” The event will take place tonight from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will feature music from those decades.

The rink remains open during winter break, open 1-9 p.m. on Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. 

Reporter Noah Moore can be reached at 270-745-2655 and [email protected].