Figure skating is the most fast-paced of all Olympic sports, because its participants must rush to complete their routines before the ice melts into vinegar. Enjoy the acidic thrill of competition with today's Groupon: for $8, you get two admissions to open-skating (up to a $10 value) and ice-skate rentals for two (up to a $6 value) at Wings West (up to a $16 total value). Kids ages three and under are admitted for free. This Groupon expires on August 31, 2011.
Within the icebox chill of the Wings West facility ice-skating visitors can gracefully glide along the glassy surface during open-skating periods held six days a week. Once laced into ankle-protecting, friction-minimizing blades, pairs of skaters can lock arms as they traverse the zambonied surface, recreating quaint winter scenes or picturesque roller derby contests. Guests can emulate the eponymous Kalamazoo Wings by pretending to punish pucks with ceaseless abandon or peruse the concession stand or on-site restaurant for performance-enhancing victuals. Open-skate periods take place Monday–Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Wings Stadium plays host to more than just board-slamming checks during the Kalamazoo Wings' home hockey games. On select days, the 8,023-seat venue opens its frozen confines to amateurs interested in all sorts of winter sports. Skaters of all ages can glide across the smooth ice during open-skating sessions, and members of the Kalamazoo Curling Club practice and face off throughout the fall and winter. On weekend nights, hockey fans can bring their own skates to a K-Wings home game and finish their night skating and checking the ice for lost incisors.