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New Programming Debuts This Season at The Rink at Wade Oval

Posted November 14, 2023 in Press Releases

New experiences, and new food and beverage offerings highlight a full season of fun at The Rink at Wade Oval, which opens Friday, Dec. 1. The Rink is presented by University Circle Inc. (UCI) with the help of sponsor PNC Bank.

The Rink’s season runs through Feb. 25. Admission is $5 before 5 p.m. and $10 after 5 p.m. Skaters will experience a new all-inclusive ticket package, complete with skates, a wide array of immersive activities and exclusive discounts to explore the wonders of Wade Oval's museums.

“We’re transforming the Rink at Wade Oval into the neighborhood’s central hub for outdoor winter entertainment,” said David Robinson, UCI’s director of Events & Engagement. “With new season-long programming, expanded food and beverage offerings and unique experiences for all ages, we invite the community to embrace the magic of winter.”

Programming highlights will include winter-time favorites such as visits from Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and live carolers. Ugly sweater nights, stand-up comedy and other unique elements have been added to elevate The Rink at Wade Oval total experience.

“PNC has a longtime relationship with University Circle and we share their commitment to supporting the economic vitality of the communities where we live and work,” said Pat Pastore, PNC regional president for Cleveland. “In addition to skating, many visit the museums and restaurants in the University Circle area, which provides a boost to the neighborhood economy.”

In January, UCI will offer free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Student nights will be offered for Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland Institute of Music as well as neighborhood nights where residents can receive reduced admission.

In February, a familiar favorite, Pink the Rink, returns with a twist. In addition to pink illuminated ice, Feb. 10 and 17 will feature fun and festive Galentine’s and Valentine’s Day celebrations, respectively.

The Wade Oval Information Center will host an expanded menu of café and beverage offerings including warm desserts and baked goods, specialty winter-themed cocktails and hot cocoa bombs with expanded coffee offerings.

For hours of operation, ticket reservations, special events, private event rentals and more information on The Rink at Wade Oval, visit universitycircle.org/rink

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