Just in time for the season of Winter fun, Pittsburgh’s long-awaited Highmark Stadium will partially and temporarily open to the public as the Penguins Pond annual ice rink, starting December 14. Adult and youth hockey leagues, private groups, families and individuals will all be able to take to the ice on the Penguins Pond while enjoying some of the best scenery the city has to offer and getting a sneak peek at the developing construction around Station Square.
The grand opening of the ice rink, with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Friday, December 14.
The 2013 Penguins Pond outdoor ice rink will operate from December 14 to January 13. The public ice rink will mark the first public event held at Highmark Stadium, which will officially open in the spring after more than eight months of construction. The $10.2 million multi-sport and entertainment facility sits on nearly four acres and features breathtaking views of the Pittsburgh skyline. The stadium will also be home to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and the Pittsburgh Passion.
Since 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins have constructed an outdoor ice rink in Pittsburgh at locations like Heinz Field and Southside Works. Last year, more than 30,000 individuals visited the Penguins Pond.
Penguins Pond hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Admission for public skating will be $7/person and $3 for skate rental. The rink will also offer rental rates to hockey leagues.