UNK faculty, staff, students skate free at UNMC ice rink

OMAHA – The UNMC outdoor ice-skating rink will open Nov. 29 and remain open through Feb. 2.

The outdoor rink in Omaha, which is open to the public, is at 4016 Emile St. on the north side of the Michael F. Sorrell Center for Health Science Education. Admission is $5, which includes skates.

Students, faculty and staff at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, as well as family members, can skate for free. In addition, the same offer applies to all other University of Nebraska campuses, including the University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska at Kearney, as well as Clarkson College.

All students, faculty and staff will have to show their IDs to skate for free.

Open skating hours
Mondays – Closed
Tuesday through Thursday – 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sundays – 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Note: The rink is closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings for UNMC intramural broomball and curling leagues.

Extended hours during holiday break (Dec. 16 – Jan. 5)
Sundays through Thursdays – 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fridays & Saturdays – 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Christmas Eve – Open 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Christmas Day – Closed
New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day – Open regular hours (11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

“We are really proud of our ice rink,” said William Lawlor, UNMC assistant vice chancellor for business and finance. “We think it’s the best outdoor skating rink in the city, and we want people to come out and use it. It’s a perfect way for families to go outdoors, get some exercise and enjoy a fun winter activity. … We want people to come out and discover what a hidden gem the UNMC Ice Rink really is.”

Lawlor said the ice rink will only close when the air temperature is zero degrees Fahrenheit or below. The rink will remain open if the air temperature is above zero degrees, but the wind chill temperature is below zero.

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.

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.