Within Interskate Roller Rink's 80'x180' maple rotunda rink, skaters and bladers glide among fellow freewheelers. Overhead, a celestial array of 760 glistening track lights glow. Visitors might momentarily hear the smooth sound of wheels on wood, but it's soon drowned out by a 14-speaker jukebox which, much like the world's most exquisite tinkling jewelry box, can play more than 3,000 songs.
A coalition of ice arenas endorsed by the Dallas Stars, Dr Pepper StarCenters help nurture athletes of all ages and skill levels with activities on or off the ice. Dr Pepper StarCenters house NHL-regulation ice-hockey rinks that host hockey leagues for players of all ages, eradicating the need to play on dangerous frozen lakes dotted with irritable frozen geese. StarCenters' skate academies instill students with the fundamentals of ice hockey or figure skating, allowing them to progress to hockey leagues and local skating competitions if they choose. To warm up after laps around the Euless ice rink, skaters can check out the onsite baseball stadium, batting cages, soccer fields, and Texas Star Golf Course. All locations are open for birthday parties and special events; see each location's website for details.
Dr. Pepper StarCenter stands as a giant, icy footprint in the middle of Texas, one of six StarCenter rinks that serves as home to the Dallas Stars hockey team, as well as a community of countless ice skaters. The Frisco location regularly hosts public skates, but also serves as a classroom where licensed Learn To Skate instructors teach kids and adults how to skate using methods endorsed by the Ice Skating Institute.
In addition, they host adult recreational hockey leagues and figure-skating competitions, which are not, as some might think, competitions where people throw molded plastic dolls across the ice to see which one can go the farthest.
For more than 40 years, skaters have circled the Thunderbird Roller Rink. Since it's inception, though, it's undergone some modern upgrades. For one, it's now outfitted with neon laser lights, perfect for glow-in-the-dark roller-skating parties. For another, on breaks from open skating or lessons, guests can visit a snack bar that complements its freshly baked pizza with cable TV.
On any given day, NYTEX Sports Centre's expansive compound?with plentiful courts, fields, and an ice rink?can simultaneously host youth soccer, a women's flat-track roller derby, and a rowdy Brahmas ice hockey game. A hub for both world-class competitors and recreational athletes of all kinds, the 140,000-square-foot facility welcomes casual skaters to explore the same full-size rink the pros play on during open-skate sessions and amateur hockey leagues. Birthday-party packages also grant rink access to partygoers for celebratory skating and "Happy Birthday" songs sung by a chorus of revving Zambonis. Special community events like the annual Armed Forces Hockey Classic call the sport's complex their home, while the on-site Italian restaurant ZuRoma replenishes calories spent cheering on favorite teams.
Turns out the saying "Everything's bigger in Texas" even extends to winter sports. There's no other way to explain the 140,000 square feet of cold-weather activity space at Fort Worth's NYTEX Sports Centre. The center's expansive ice is home to the the NAHL's Lone Star Brahmas, as well as their youth teams, the Jr. Brahmas. When hockey's not in session, the rink opens its doors for public skating hours, letting the public practice spins and Salchows in a pro-grade setting. Outside of icy escapades, NYTEX is home to a full-service Italian restaurant, and indoor turf for soccer and football games.