Edge Ice Center Has Big Economic Impact, Park Officials Say

October 14 — The Edge Ice Center is making a big economic impact on the community by hosting hockey and figure skating tournaments, city park recreation director Kerry Bodenheimer told city commissioners on Tuesday.

Bodenheimer said on Wednesday that the rink does not make a profit on admission fees and rentals. However, she said that the tournaments held there have a direct economic effect through the rental of hotel rooms, restaurant visits and other purchases made by visitors, as well as an indirect business creation effect. jobs.

The 12-year-old rink had a direct economic impact of $ 193,904 in 2020, mostly through hockey tournaments, said Bodenheimer, who noted that Edge’s indirect impact last year was 310,246. $.

“Because we organize tournaments and events, people have jobs in the hospitality industry” and in restaurants, ”Bodenheimer said.

The Edge hosts the Kentucky High School Hockey League championship in turn with other rinks in the state. The rink hosted the state hockey tournament in March.

There are only four rinks in Kentucky, and The Edge is the only city-owned rink in the state, Bodenheimer said.

The Edge Staking Figure Contest also generates a direct community economic impact of $ 146,000. The competition, which attracts competitors from several surrounding states, attracts several showcasing teams and up to 150 competitors, Bodenheimer said.

The event was last held in 2019, but is scheduled for March of next year. The 2020 and 2021 competitions have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When it all stopped (in 2020) it was a week before the competition,” Bodenheimer said.

In fiscal year 2020-21 which ended in June, The Edge had $ 588,759 in expenses and generated $ 342,423 in revenue. During the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the rink recorded $ 589,000 in expenses and generated $ 439,343 in revenue.

“The facility is subsidized and the expenses exceed the income,” Bodenheimer said.

Public skating attendance was hit last year by the pandemic. Although the staking season accelerates in November, attendance in September and October is comparable to pre-pandemic levels, Bodenheimer said.

“We are exactly where we would typically be this time of year,” she said.

The rink hosts special events and regular open skates during the season.

“We do a lot of (programming) to make sure the general public can use it frequently,” Bodenheimer said.

James Mayse, 270-691-7303, [email protected], Twitter: @JamesMayse

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