Last season, the Nashville Predators gave thousands of people, young and old, the chance to experience outdoor ice skating for the first time. As the days get shorter and the nights grow colder across Tennessee, it's just about time to build the ice once more.
Beginning this weekend, Smashville Outdoor Rink presented by Nissan, located at Walk of Fame Park, just across Fifth Avenue from Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville, will open to the public for the winter season, providing an outdoor experience like no other in the region.
After the soft opening this Saturday, Nov. 19, the rink will stay open until Feb. 20, with everything from public skating sessions, 3-on-3 hockey, Learn to Skate classes and more, made possible with the help of Metro Parks and Recreation and the Predators.
"The opportunity to let people skate and touch ice, it really is important to us," Ford Ice Center General Manager Danny Butler said. "The more people skating on ice, the better it is for us. We had so many people come out last year, so to be able to be open six more weeks this year is awesome."
The rink will be open every day from Nov. 18 through Feb. 20 - with the exception of Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day - from 4-10 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday and 12-10 p.m. on weekends, with extended holiday hours throughout the season. Public skate sessions will be priced at $15 for adults and $10 for children, including skate rental.
Adult 3-on-3 pond hockey leagues will begin after the holidays and the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy will also hold Learn to Skate classes on the rink in the months to come.
Full schedules and registration links will be posted at FordIceCenter.com over the coming weeks.