Birmingham Ice Sports Area unveils renovations at community event

Hockey and figure skating exhibits will be on display at the upcoming Birmingham Ice Sports Area groundbreaking ceremony.

BIRMINGHAM – The community is invited to a grand opening celebration from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 20 to view the renovations and spend the afternoon in Birmingham’s ice sports area.

The renovations were included in Birmingham’s Parks and Recreation Mandate which was approved by voters in 2020. The Parks and Recreation Board worked alongside the Birmingham City Commission on the improvements.

“Since the renovation, all customers seem very pleased with the results,” said Utilities Manager Lauren Wood.

A new rink, locker room expansions and renovations, a new team locker room, a new viewing area and upgrades to the concession area are the major upgrades.

LiveBarn, a subscription streaming service, is another new addition to Birmingham Ice Sports Arena. With this service, hockey games and other on-ice activities can be streamed from home via a computer, tablet or mobile device.

The Birmingham Ice Zone will also be broadcasting LiveBarn in the lobby for anyone who cannot be on the ice to watch the game in progress.

Competitive teams have been known to review LiveBarn’s recording to critique their play and use the service as a learning tool.

The March 20 event will begin with the singing of the national anthem and an inauguration ceremony. Mayor Therese Longe will host the ceremony.

After this organized part of the event, the community can walk around the facility and see the new additions.

There will also be organized tours as well as hockey exhibitions and other skating events after the ribbon cutting. This gives Birmingham’s skating and hockey programs a chance to show off their skills to the community.

Towards the end of the event, the community is invited to join in an open skate.

“I can’t overemphasize all the effort and hard work that went into it,” Wood said. “I would like to pay tribute to Birmingham Unified and the Birmingham Hockey Association for supporting the efforts of this updated facility, as well as the City Commission and Parks Recreation Board.”

For more information on Birmingham Ice Sports Arena, visit www.bhamgov.org/icearena.

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