Trips to the ice skating rink are an annual winter tradition where I live. Each year, my daughter and I head to a small rink located in one of the nicer shopping malls called The Village. Our second favorite spot is in a pavilion that gets lit up with lights around the holidays and is surrounded by restaurants, breweries, and a cute coffee shop. Both rinks are packed from November – early March with skaters.
Are you thinking about building an ice skating business or just need to name a regional one where you live? I share some cute, festive, and seasonally appropriate names you can use for inspiration.
With a little bit of creativity, you can create a variety of income streams for an ice rink. Here are some effective ways to profit from ice skating rink operations that you may not have thought about.
Skate Rentals: Charging for skate rentals is a primary source of income, especially for visitors who don’t own skates.
Hosting Competitions: Organizing ice skating competitions and charging entry fees for participants and spectators.
Hockey Tournaments: Hosting hockey tournaments and leagues, charging team registration fees and spectator tickets.
Food and Beverage Sales: Setting up a hot cocoa/coffee cart, snack bars, and vending machines to cater to visitors. You could get more ambitious and operate a café or restaurant with views of the rink, offering meals and refreshments.
Merchandise Sales: Selling branded merchandise like t-shirts, hats, and souvenirs, as well as skating essentials like gloves and socks.
Private Lessons and Classes: Offering private ice skating lessons or group classes for different skill levels, from beginners to advanced.
Ice Rink Rental: Renting out the rink for private events, parties, or corporate functions. You could also host kids birthday parties or anniversaries here.
Sponsorships and Advertising: Partnering with local businesses for rink-side advertising or event sponsorships.
Season Passes and Membership Programs: Selling season passes or memberships offering unlimited access for a period.
Themed Skating Nights: Hosting themed events like disco night, holiday-themed skating, or family skate nights, with special pricing.
Skate Sharpening and Maintenance Services: Providing skate sharpening and maintenance services for a fee.
On-Site Photography Services: Offering professional photography services for capturing skating moments. This can be especially lucrative during the holidays.
Reach out to me on social media and let me know what kind of an ice skating rink you’re building. I love connecting with the readers of this website.
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