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Skatetown Ice Arena celebrates 15-year anniversary

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Did you know?

·Skatetown has two state-of-the-art NHL-sized ice surfaces.

·Over half a million guests “play” at Skatetown each year.

·1,100-plus adults and youth participate in hockey programs.

· 1,800 tots, youth and adults are enrolled in the learning-to-skate programs.

· Hundreds of children celebrate their birthdays each year and get to ride the ice resurfacer and race around the ice on GoKarts.

· Churches, scout troops, businesses, schools and fraternities visit Skatetown to skate and play broomball.

· Skatetown employs close to 100 people during the peak season, many of whom are first-time employees.

 

Sacramento Valley’s premier indoor ice arena will celebrate its 15-year anniversary this holiday season.

“Today, Skatetown is considered an industry leader that provides world-class service, programs and an incredible employee training program,” according to a Skatetown media release. “It is also home to numerous nonprofit clubs including Capital Thunder Youth Hockey, Firefighters Hockey, Sacramento Lightning Sled Hockey, Pandora Women’s Hockey, Capital City Figure Skating, Sierra Storm Synchronized Skating and the Wine Country Curling Club.”

National/regional events hosted at the arena include Wounded Warriors sled hockey, U.S. Figure Skating Sectionals and Centrals and youth hockey tournaments. Annual events include a Holiday Theater on Ice Spectacular Show, Summer Theater on Ice Show, Ice Skating Institute competitions, a U.S. Figure Skating showcase competition, hockey camps and a curling bonspiels. Skatetown has also hosted an on-ice wedding, several on-ice marriage proposals and a memorial service for a hockey player killed in action in Iraq along with an annual event in his memory. Jack, the hockey-playing chimpanzee, was also spotted at the rink filming a TV commercial and training for his role in the movie “MVP: Most Valuable Primate.”

Some local skaters have gone on to professional careers in this industry, including professional hockey, cast members of ice shows, professional instructors and hockey coaches.

Anniversary events include:

· Special holiday public skating sessions, rain or shine

· Brand-new laser and disco light shows

·Themed skate parties: Winter Wonderland (Dec. 7 and 8), Dance Music/Light Show (Dec. 30 and 31), and Rock & Roll (Jan. 18 and 19)

·New young adult club-themed skate session every Saturday from 7-10 p.m.

·  GoKarts on ice (drop-in sessions and birthday parties)

·Theater on Ice Spectacular Show, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 23

·Beginner skating classes for all ages starting Nov. 26, Dec. 26 and Jan. 23

· Beginner youth hockey classes starting Dec. 2 and Jan. 6

· Mini-Zamboni Kiddie Ride

Skatetown is at 1009 Orlando Avenue, Roseville. For more information, visit www.skatetown.biz or call 783-8550, extension 115