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How Do Downtown's Two Ice Rinks Stack Up?

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, October 02, 2009, at 04:00PM
DOWNTOWN ON ICE.jpg Ed Fuentes

This wobbly youngster got a bit of assistance during opening ceremonies for the 2008 Downtown on Ice at Pershing Square.

Downtown's getting twice the outdoor ice action this winter, as a rink at L.A. Live joins "Downtown on Ice," now in its 12th year at Pershing Square.

The news, first reported yesterday by the Downtown News, means a funding hole for Pershing Square. More importantly, though, it means that Downtowners face a new question: where are we going to skate this winter? Let's take a look at the tale of the tapes.

Hours: Assuming hours are unchanged from last year, Pershing Square will be open noon to 10pm, Monday through Thursday, and 10am to 10pm Friday through Sunday.

According to L.A. Kings spokesman Mike Altieri, the L.A. Live rink will be open 4 to 11pm, Monday through Friday, and 11:30am to 11pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Sort of a wash, unless you like skating midday.

Rink Size: Pershing Square's rink was already a bit on the small side at 50' x 90', but L.A. Live's comes in at an even more svelte 50' x 70'.

Advantage Pershing Square.

Eating Options: Pershing Square brings in food vendors for the holidays, but L.A. Live has a stable of restaurants that certainly offer more variety.

Advantage L.A. Live.

Pricing: A skate session at Pershing Square lasts just under an hour, and costs $8 ($2 of which is skate rental). The L.A. Live rink will charge $10 including rental, but Altieri didn't believe that skate sessions were timed.

Again, a bit of a wash.

Bottom line: It will be interesting to see what audiences the two rinks attract. Pershing Square's rink is said to draw 350,000 visitors each winter, so certainly there is demand for a little skating under the stars in Los Angeles.


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