In 1940 Al Kish started an outdoor roller rink at Pearson Park in Oregon, Ohio. Twenty years later Fun Spot Arena was born and has been owned and operated by the Kish family ever since. The industry has seen many changes in 70 years, but our goal at Fun Spot still remains the same; to provide a fun and save environment fo
Skaters of all ages and arabesque abilities soar across Monroe Multi-Sports Complex's vast rink—the former home to 2011 NHL recruit Matt Mahalak. Though the rink acts as the complex’s nucleus of activity—hosting hockey games, figure skating exhibitions, skating lessons, and public skate sessions—, an adjacent field house promotes more land-based sports, including youth and adult soccer, dodge ball, and flag football. Additionally, a collection of springy inflatables allows young visitors to bounce for up to a full day or until they finally convince gravity to permanently reverse.
Passionate staffers stay on hand to offer skating tips during public sessions, assist guests as they sign for one of the soccer leagues, or be of assistance in case of a hot-chocolate overdose. In keeping with their commitment to physical education, the complex’s team of instructors also coach home-schooled children for credits, as well as give birthday children the gift of adrenaline-pumping exercise during party packages.
Named after University of Michigan's legendary football coach and athletic director Fielding H. Yost, the Yost Ice Arena has worn many hats in its 90 years of existence. It opened in 1923 as the country's first field house, hosting track events and basketball games until being converted into an ice arena in 1974. Although it has benefited from a bounty of technological and aesthetic improvements since then?including improved seating, better windows, and an upgraded audio system?it still retains its old-fashioned feel, being affectionately referred to as the "old barn" by players, according to a feature by USA Today. "Yost offers one of the most stirring hockey experiences in the country," the article continues, "because of the intimacy and charm of its 6,637-seat rink and the zaniness and zealousness of its fans."
Today, when players aren't battling it out in a hockey game and figure skaters aren't perfecting their pirouettes, the arena opens for public skating. Entire families can rent skates to glide along the ice, warming up periodically with hot chocolate, coffee, hot dogs, and popcorn at the student-run concession stand.
Vibrant colors coat walls surrounding the glossy rinks at ERDU Skate-A-Rama , where experienced staff members monitor skaters of all ages in a family-friendly environment. Equipped with rented wheels, skaters glide along smooth surfaces under colorful lights to the beat of lively music. Their family members, perched along the rink's perimeter, watch or take bets on who can do a figure eight the fastest.
Skaters can take a break from four-wheeled footwear to play arcade games at some locations or silence rumbling stomachs with bites of pizza or other snacks, such as cones from the ice-cream shop, at ERDU Skate-a-Rama, which serves up swirls of soft serve doused with fudge.
Arctic Edge of Canton's two NHL-regulation-size rinks cater to winter sports lovers of all stripes: ice dancers, figure skaters, and hockey players. Arctic Edge's frequent open-skate sessions encourage visitors to take to the ice?either on their own skates or on a rented pair?and its adult hockey leagues encourage players to stay in shape. Arctic Edge is also home to the Arctic Figure Skating Club, where world-renowned ice-dancing and pairs coaches work with such people as 2010 Olympic gold medalists and 2014 Olympic competitors Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, and 2010 U.S. National gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
The facility caters to its champions and more than one million annual visitors with a pro shop and full concession stand, ensuring people are properly equipped and have enough hot cocoa to pour into their skates to warm up their toes. For birthday parties, Arctic Edge often fuels revelers with pizza and drinks.
Somewhere between the tune blasted by a live DJ and mesmerizing laser-light shows, BonaVenture Family Skate Center finds a way to squeeze in some roller skating. The 30,000-square foot facility invites visitors to enjoy a lively recess from the real world by gliding across their massive skating floor. Off the rink, BonaVenture gives guests a chance to recharge at its snack-and-chat area or dispose of stale quarters at an arcade and redemption area stocked with prizes for all ages.