The Burnsville Ice Center is a 65,754-sq.-ft., two-sheet municipally operated indoor ice rink. Each sheet of ice is 200-feet x 85-feet.
• Built in 1972, at a cost of $1 million
• Features seating for 1,250 Rink 2
• Built in 1985 at a cost of $1.5 million
• Features seating for 500 people
Both rinks have additional space for “standing room only.”
The Burnsville Ice Center has its own generator in case of a power failure and can fully operate from the power produced by the generator.
In 2010 the Burnsville Ice Center completed a $5 million dollar renovation of the facility that included a new ice plant, geothermal heating and cooling system, ice rink floors, dasher boards and glass.
The Burnsville Ice Center has two ice resurfacers to resurface ice and can make ice in five minutes using both machines at the same time.
Each rink is constructed with an arched laminated beam support roof and an exposed tongue and groove cedar under roof. The exterior of the arena is a combination of brick and rough-sawn cedar finishes.
The Burnsville Ice Center has eight team rooms with changing/showering space needs for players and coaches. Rink 2 is served by four team rooms and Rink 1 is served by four team rooms (with showers).
The Burnsville Ice Center has a meeting room with a seating capacity of 30 people, which includes tables, chairs, TV\DVD and video screen. The facility operates a full service concession stand with the capability to serve traditional arena food and beverages.
The Burnsville Ice Center is open year round and annually reserves more than 3,600 hours of ice time. More than 300,000 people pass through the doors each year. Public Skating is offered daily (except during special events). “Stick and Puck” practice time is offered three days a week. Adult Open Hockey is scheduled three times per week during the winter months, and twice a week during the summer months.
Programs and Users
Learn To Skate Program
The Burnsville Ice Center has a progressive “Learn to Skate” (LTS) program using the USFS curriculum requirements. Lessons provide an outstanding opportunity for figure skaters, hockey skaters and recreational skaters. More than 400 participants register annually for LTS classes. In late April, LTS participants team up with the Burnsville Minnesota Valley Figure Skating Club to put on the “Impressions on Ice” ice show.
Burnsville Minnesota Valley Figure Skating Club
The Burnsville Minnesota Valley Figure Skating Club calls the Burnsville Ice Center home, and has more than 100 participants. The Learn to Skate Program is an excellent feeder program into the Figure Skating Club.
Burnsville Hockey Club/Apple Valley Hockey Club
The Burnsville Hockey Club and the Apple Valley Hockey Club (Youth Hockey) also calls the Ice Center home, and has more than 400 members. Now with both Clubs joining together to create a co-op for all levels, they call themselves the Firehawks. The Hockey Clubs offer competitive and recreational hockey opportunities for boys and girls in the community. The Burnsville Hockey Club has renovated 10,000 square feet in the City’s old maintenance building for use as “dry land” training opportunities for its members. This facility is staffed and has weights, artificial ice, radar guns and more.
Burnsville Senior High School
The Burnsville High School Boys and Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Hockey programs practice and play non-conference and conference games at the Burnsville Ice Center. The “Blaze” hockey program has been very successful as the Boys have two State Championships and the Girls have appeared in many state tournaments.
The Burnsville Ice Center offers Learn to Curl Classes and Corporate Events.
The Burnsville Ice Center has hosted numerous Local, State, Regional, National, and International youth and adult hockey tournaments. From arena set up and concession capabilities, to the in-house pro shop and skate sharpening services, the Burnsville Ice Center can meet all tournament goers’ needs.
Commercials and the Burnsville Ice Center
The advertising industry has found the Burnsville Ice Center to be an excellent place to film commercials. Target has filmed two national commercials in the arena that have featured Olympic Gold Medal Skater Ekaterina Goordeeva. Wal-Mart has filmed a national commercial with local Olympian Hockey Player Jenny Potter. Tria Orthopedics has filmed a local commercial here, as has and Bauer Hockey Sticks.