A “Skate With The Mascots” on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. and special figure-skating presentations of “A Magical Christmas” on Sunday highlight the opening weekend of “Penguins Pond” at Highmark Stadium. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ unique outdoor skating rink is presented by 84 Lumber.
“Penguins Pond” opened with a public skating session Friday at 2 p.m. – marking the first event ever held at the new Highmark Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds. Cutting the ribbon to open the rink were Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Penguins CEO David Morehouse and Riverhounds CEO Jason Kutney.
Although the rink also will feature high school and amateur hockey, the opening weekend is devoted to public skating. Sessions are 2-11 p.m on Friday, 3-11 p.m. on Saturday and 3-7 p.m. on Sunday. “Penguins Pond” will operate daily through January 13, with public skating available each day.
On Saturday at 6 p.m., the public can skate with mascots from the Penguins and Riverhounds as well as members of the Penguins Ice Crew.
On Sunday, some of the top figure skaters in western Pennsylvania will perform brief presentations of “A Magical Christmas” at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. The skaters are from the Robert Morris University Island Sports Center.
Admission for public skating is $7 and rental skates are $3.
Other special events include a “Skate With Santa” on Friday, Dec. 21 at 6 p.m. and a “Skate With the Greats” with Penguins alumni on Friday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. For more information and a complete schedule, please visit www.pittsburghpenguins.com/penguinspond