your skates when visiting Belfast as there’s plenty of places
to hit the ice or watch the professionals skating in style.
Odyssey Arena [map]
is a purpose build arena venue which can seat up to 10,000 people
and hosts many of the most exciting events in Belfast including
President Clinton’s keynote speech during his final visit
to Northern Ireland as US President and regular performances from
the likes of Westlife and Bryan Adams. The venue is designed
as a multifunctional space offering the opportunity to host concerts,
run sports events or exhibitions.
The arena has an international standard 200m hydraulic running track
and its floor can be frozen to give an ice-floor which can be used
for ice hockey or other sporting events. So if you want to
watch some of the best professionals in the skating genre, this
is the place to do so.
And the Odyssey Arena, located at Queens Quay, is the home to the
Belfast Giants who play in the Sekonda Ice Hockey Superleague.
If you think you could do better than the professionals speed along
to Dundonald Ice Bowl [map],
Old Dundonald Road. The centre features an ice rink, 30-lane 10
pin bowling centre and large children’s soft play area, along
with a variety of ancillary facilities. It's no wonder then that
this is one of the top leisure attractions in Europe and has been
visited by around six million customers since it opened in 1986.
The Ice Bowl's 60 x 30 metre ice rink was the first Olympic sized
rink to be opened in the United Kingdom and it remains the largest
rink in Ireland. The rink is open for public skating seven days
a week and resident highly qualified ice skating coaches provide
the opportunity for many promising young skaters to develop.
The venue has hosted ice galas, shows and competitions, which have
featured numerous European, Olympic and World Champions including
Torvill and Dean.
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