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Linx Ice Arena

The Linx Ice Arena is the principal ice rink in North East Scotland. It lies next to the Beach Leisure Centre on Aberdeen Esplanade, a mile (1.4 km) northeast of the city centre. The arena features a slightly smaller than Olympic-size ice pad measuring 56m by 26m (183 feet by 85 feet) and has seating for 1118 spectators.

The rink opened on 1st February 1992 and quickly became an important venue for curling, ice hockey, figure skating and speed skating, while also offering open skating sessions to the public. The Linx Arena also offers sessions for those new to skating, coaching and an ice disco for teenagers. Threatened with permanent closure, the ice rink underwent a £1.45 million refurbishment in 2008-09, reopening in time to host the European Curling Championships in December 2009. The arena went on to gain official acceptance as a National Ice Skating Association UK (NISA) centre in 2010.

In the late 1930s, Aberdeen had plans for more than one ice rink to support the enthusiasm for ice hockey. During World War II, the city was still building a rink on Anderson Drive when a German plane was shot down and crashed into the construction works. The rink was never completed and was demolished after the war.

Owned by Aberdeen City Council, Linx Ice Arena is run by Sport Aberdeen, a charitable trust which manages sports and leisure facilities on behalf of the Council. The Arena is home to variety of sports clubs, including the Aberdeen Ice Hockey Club, Aberdeen Linx Figure Skating Club, Aberdeen Synchronised Ice Skating Club and Aberdeen Speed Skating Club. It also offers a cafeteria.


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