Fife Ice Arena

(Kirkcaldy Ice Rink)

An ice rink in the West Gallatown district of Kirkcaldy, the Fife Ice Arena lies on Rosslyn Street, 2 miles (3 km) northeast of the town centre. First opened as the Kirkcaldy Ice Rink in 1938, this substantial building was the work of local architects Williamson & Hubbard. It comprises a steel carcass with a roof spanning 44.2m (145 feet) which represented the largest roof with no supplementary supports in Scotland at that time. The arena has a capacity for 3280 spectators and is the home to the Fife Flyers and Glenrothes Cougars ice hockey teams. The Fife Flyers are said to the longest-established ice hockey team in the UK. The arena is also a popular curling venue, as well as providing for public skating and figure skating. The arena was the venue for the European Curling Championships in 1982. Concerts, boxing and wrestling matches have also been held here.

Privately owned, by the original company created for the purpose, the ice arena has been significantly refurbished since a fire caused by an electrical fault badly damaged the roof of the building in 2007. While still in use, the future of the aged facility has been questioned.

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