The only Ice Arena in Champaign-Urbana, this facility offers a unique option for skating get-togethers from broomball and hockey to group skating parties.


The University of Illinois Ice Arena was built in 1931, and Campus Recreation assumed management in 1977. The Ice Arena is a 55,000 square foot facility and is the only one in Champaign-Urbana. The dimensions of the rink are 192′ by 115′ with a 1,200 seat arena surrounding. There are four public locker rooms, four party areas, and two Zambonis in the facility.


Per university policy regarding individual sponsored on-campus events of over 200 people, patrons age 12 and over will be required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination in order to attend public skate.

Proof of Vaccination or Negative COVID-19 Test

  • For all attendees 12 and older, printed or digital proof must be presented showing full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event start time. GUESTS AGE 11 AND UNDER ARE NOT SUBJECT TO THIS POLICY!
  • University of Illinois students, staff, and faculty can use the Illinois App (Apple | Google Play) or the Boarding Pass showing access “Granted” status in order to enter. (Faculty, staff and students should be aware that due to the recently announced testing requirements after the break, their status will show “Access Denied,” until they receive a negative on-campus test result, even if they are fully vaccinated.) 
  • Attendees age 12 and over who are not university students or employees but who are fully vaccinated should bring proof of vaccination. Proof of vaccination status should be in the form of a paper vaccination card or a digital image of the vaccination card (with valid ID). We will accept the Illinois App, the Safer Communities app and the State Of Illinois SMART Health Card. Digital proof of vaccination may also be shown in the Walgreens, CVS, Carle, or Christie Clinic mobile apps. Guests should be prepared to show a photo ID along with their vaccination proof upon request.
    • Each attendee’s name and the dates of first and second dose (or first dose, if Johnson & Johnson) should be clearly visible.
    • Full vaccination requires that the event must be at least 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine or at least 14 days after a single-dose vaccine.        
    • The Ice Arena will accept the Pfizer-BioNtech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson vaccine or other COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organization (WHO).
  • Attendees age 12 and over who are not university students or employees and cannot provide proof of vaccination should bring a photo ID and either a printout or photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours before the event. Tests must be administered by a healthcare provider. At-home COVID-19 test results will not be accepted.
    • The attendee’s name and the date the test was administered, date the test was processed, type of test, and result of the test should be visible. Name on the test result must match the name on the photo ID.
    • People ages 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to show a photo ID.

No testing opportunities will be available for event attendees on site. Prior to arrival guests should have their negative COVID-19 results completed and in hand.

Campus Recreation offers many opportunities for students and the public to skate: public skate sessions, drop-in hockey, and freestyle sessions are held multiple times a week. Times are specified in the Ice Arena Calendar.  For those with a special interest in hockey, Rat Hockey allows adults the ice time to engage in a competitive recreational hockey game, while Stick and Puck sessions are the perfect time for beginner and younger skaters to practice their skills.  Figure skaters and coaches take advantage of Freestyle sessions to learn complex footwork, jumps, and spins as well as rehearse competitive routines.  The Ice Arena is also home to a variety of clubs which offer further involvement and ice time in such skating activities.

Ice Arena Calendar


Adaptive ice sport sleds are available for public sessions and sled hockey. Accommodations for patrons on lower level for viewing the ice area. During public skates, wheelchairs are allowed on the ice. Please contact a supervisor or Campus Recreation staff member if you require assistance or have a special consideration for use of our facilities. Campus Recreation makes every effort to be accessible to all abilities. If you need special accommodations for this facility and/or program, please contact us at:


Facility Info

Center Ice Café

Open daily from 8:30 am until 30 minutes before close of building, the Center Ice Café has a variety of drink and food options.  We offer hot chocolate, coffee, smoothies, fountain drinks, and more to quench your thirst.  Breakfast, snacks, and concession items are also available.  The Center Ice Café is located next to the Customer Service Office.

Pro Shop

The Ice Arena Pro Shop is located at the Customer Service Office with an inventory of socks, winter gloves, hockey skate laces, mouth guards, hockey tape, combination locks, and hockey pucks.

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