Due to this week’s frigid weather forcing the University of Nebraska Medical Center Ice Rink to be closed for most of the week, UNMC officials have decided to leave the facility open for an additional week with the final day of skating now set for Feb. 17.

“We love to see people using our ice rink,” said William Lawlor, assistant vice chancellor for business and finance. “We think it’s the premier outdoor skating rink in our community.

“With the brutal weather this week, we basically lost a week of our skating season. It only seemed right that we extend the season another week. Hopefully, we can get some better weather, and people will turn out in greater numbers for the next couple weeks.”

The outdoor rink, which is open to the public, is located just east of 42nd Street, midway between Emile Street and Dewey Avenue on the north side of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. Admission is $7, which includes skates (cash or credit card only - no checks or debit cards).

For the next two weeks, the hours of operation for public skating will be:

Monday - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Tuesday - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Wednesday - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Thursday - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Friday and Saturday - 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
 
Anytime the weather is consistently above 50 degrees or there’s a wind-chill of zero degrees or below, the public is asked to first check to see if the rink is open by going to Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/theiceattheunmc or by calling (402) 559-0697.

The rink is closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for the UNMC student broomball and curling leagues.

Free parking is available in Lot 15 (surface lot on 40th Street between Dewey Avenue and Emile Street) located on the north and east sides of the UNMC Center for Healthy Living. For more information about the UNMC Ice Rink, go to https://www.unmc.edu/cfhl/activities-events/skating.html or contact Candace Peteler at candace.peteler@unmc.edu or (402) 559-5192.