Ice Arena

Welcome to the Ice Arena

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.


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.


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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