Great Park Ice & FivePoint Arena, the largest ice skating complex in California, opened on Jan. 3, welcoming local skaters to try out the brand-new rink. The $110 million rink, which has been under construction for the past two years, will be primarily used for tournaments, ice skating practices and for the Anaheim Ducks’ regular hockey practices.
“The ice rink is a very family-friendly place to come; we offer hockey leagues for all ages,” junior Autumn Tan-Torres, who works as an operations associate said. “The Great Park Ice Rink is a well-rounded, high-end facility that you should come and check out.”
The center is located inside the Orange County Great Park near the Palm Court. It houses four arenas, two of which are Olympic-sized. For those who prefer to watch instead of partaking in ice-related activities, the FivePoint Arena is a smaller replica of the Honda Center and can hold up to 2,500 spectators, while the other three arenas can seat 500 each.
There will also be hockey tournaments and leagues for players of all ages and skill levels, as well as a curling league for those 14 years and older.
Once they begin practicing at this facility, the Ducks will be able to utilize their own locker room with a weight room, kitchen, sauna and offices in addition to the new rinks.
The U.S. Figure Skating team will also use these facilities as a training ground. They will use the rink to train for upcoming events such as the ISU Four Continents championship in February.
Aside from serving as a practice rink for professional teams, the center will also be open to the general public, providing opportunities for anyone to participate in ice skating and hockey activities. The rink also offers sled hockey for people with disabilities. Public skating sessions will occur daily, and skating lessons will occur weekly.
“The closest rink used to be at the Irvine Spectrum, which was very small,” junior Shivani Pasricha said. “I’m glad that I can now go to a bigger rink all year long.”