Ice skating in full swing at Coliseum

Telegraph corespondentDecember 13, 2013 

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Nov. 25 was the first day of ice skating this fall at the Macon Coliseum. The annual transformation of the coliseum floor into a skating rink lasts through Feb. 23, 2014. Admission is $10 per person and includes skates.

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Even when the forecast doesn’t feel wintry, a trip to the Macon Coliseum can provide a taste of the arctic.

Ice skating season at the Coliseum kicked off last month and runs into February.

“Here we are in the deep South and it gives us that feeling of true winter,” said Kevin Dowdell, director of sales and marketing for the Coliseum. “You can come to us and skate.”

There are still 25 scheduled days for skating with most of those days having multiple sessions. Admission is $10 per person and includes skates. Matinee sessions are only $8. Spectators are free.

“We’ve held pricing so it’s the most reasonable ice skating in the entire state,” Dowdell said.

The doors open 30 minutes before each skate session and the rental skates are available from toddler’s size 4 to a men’s size 14.

“Attendance right now is just a little above normal,” Dowdell said. “What we’re finding is a lot of repeat, repeat business.”

Ice skating has been a local favorite since the days of the city’s first minor league hockey team, the Macon Whoopee.

“Seeing all of the families that come back, it’s just one part of the traditions here,” Dowdell said. “The phone start ringing in October as to when it’s going to open.”

The Coliseum also offers group pricing and party packages.

“It’s such a large rink. We can design a birthday party or a holiday party or children’s retreat and we’d love to get more seniors and adults having a skating party,” Dowdell said. “Bring back their childhood.”

The session dates are staggered based on other arena use, Dowdell said.

It takes two to three days and between 11,000 and 15,000 gallons of water to get the 200-by-85-foot rink ready for skating.

“The facility is looking really good,” Dowdell said.

Ice skating

When: Dec. 15, 22, 29, Jan. 19 and 26, Feb. 23: 12:30-3 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-10 p.m.; Dec. 18-20, Jan. 17 and 24, Feb. 17 and 21: 5-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m.; Dec. 21, 23 and 26-28, Jan. 18 and 25, Feb. 18 and 22: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m., 5-7:30 p.m. and 8:30-11 p.m.; Jan. 20 and Feb. 19: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30-4 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m.

Where: Macon Coliseum, 200 Coliseum Drive

Cost: $10 per person; $8 per person for matinee sessions, which begin at 11 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.; free to watch

Information: 478-752-9232; www.maconcentreplex.com

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