If it is fun and frolicking you seek to take a break from the monotony of schoolwork, experience the joys the Pepsi Ice Center can bring to anyone’s day.
#1 Skating Lessons
The Pepsi Ice Center offers a number of different classes for all ages to learn how to skate on the ice. “Learn to Skate classes are our number one priority,” Michael Hernbrott, Pepsi Ice Center manager, said. “I always say our job is to bring three-year-olds into the building and get them to enjoy all that ice skating can offer. Once they’re in, they get hooked and it opens up a whole new world to them.” Freestyle sessions are $4.50 per 30 minutes. The Learn to Skate classes vary but usually are around $12 a week.
#2 Open Skate
The fall open skate hours are 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. An additional Friday night session is scheduled from 7:30 to 9 p.m. On Saturday, two sessions are available from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. and 2 to 3:20 p.m. Sunday open skate runs from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost for skating is $5 and the skate rentals are $2. The Pepsi Ice Center has group rates available too.
What is Broomball, you ask? The game received its name because it was originally played with brooms which you would use to sweep a ball into a net past your opponents. Although, the Pepsi Ice Center does not use actual brooms anymore, the broomball sticks are broom shaped and the ball is like a volleyball with its air removed. The game is played across the ice and the hockey nets are used. Anyone wanting to bring a group out to play can contact the Pepsi Ice Center and employees can set it up for you. They have all of the equipment ready.
Hockey Learn to Play classes term costs vary, but typically when broken down per class, they are under $12 a week. The Pepsi Ice Center offers two forms of open hockey. The first is Stick & Puck which is for anyone to work on their individual skills. The second is Pick-Up hockey and is for players wanting to play in actual games. Separate pick-up sessions exist based on skill and ability. The C level is for new or beginner level skaters while the A/B level sessions are for intermediate and higher-skilled players. The cost for Stick & Puck ranges from $6 to $9. The cost for Pick-Up hockey is $11. Skates, helmets and gloves are mandatory.
The Pepsi Ice Center is the home of the Redbirds. Two ISU clubs compete in the American Collegiate Hockey Association there. One is a Division II club, and the other competes in Division III.
“Both teams have started off well,” Hernbrott said. “The teams practice and play many of their games at the Pepsi Ice Center. The games are usually Friday and Saturday evenings.”
So, if you have some free time, head on over to the Pepsi Ice Center and form the Flying V with your friends or catch Redbird Hockey in action.