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Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy

Fife Ice Arena opened in 1938. Kirkcaldy Ice Rink was designed by architects Williamson & Hubbard. Fife Ice Arena is the home venue of the oldest Ice Hockey team in the UK - the Fife Flyers. It is also a venue for public skating, figure skating, speed skating, curling and ice shows. The arena has also hosted concerts, boxing, wrestling, motorcycle ice speedway and other events such as dog shows.The Fife Free Press dated February 2, 1938, announced 30,000 ordinary shares at One Pound each in a proposed new rink in the town—25,000 shares were offered for subscription. On February 17, plans to build the rink in the Gallatown were presented to, and approved by, Kirkcaldy Dean of Guild Court. The one-storey building contained seating for 4,500 and would cost £37,000 to construct. To put that figure into context the town's fire station, also opened that year, cost £15,000.The building was to have a carcass of steel stanchions and a roof span of 145 feet without any supporting pillars except those at the extremities, making it the widest construction of its kind in Scotland at the time.The rink's ground level would consist of an entrance hall, general office, booking office, confectioners and tobacconist, cloakroom with provision for a large restaurant, and a milk bar. Facilities also included dressing rooms with spray baths, while immediately above the entrance was the boardroom, bandstand and manager's office. The plans also had a touch of class—the restaurant featured Parker-Knoll chairs, curtains designed by Dame Laura Knight, as well as monogrammed cutlery.
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  • The Arena just needs some reinvestment, we went for a family skate and the kit to hire was extremely poor. Adult skates were very uncomfortable and for our little boy there wasn't the choice of the 4 ...  more »
  • We visited the Fife Ice Arena last weekend as a group trip to see an ice hockey match. The rink is dated but that adds to the character. The food and drink available were nice and they had a seating a...  more »
  • An overdressed Englishman walked into a Kirkcaldy ice rink... It sounds like the start of an offensive joke, but it was the start of a brilliant night out. "Where do you think is good to sit?" "Have y...  more »
  • It was a great game, staff friendly & helpful. (Kestrels games night staff) relaxing atmosphere for both kids & adults.
  • We had a brilliant time skating. We fell a few times, and there was always someone there making sure we were ok every time. The cafeteria has a fairly priced menu, and friendly staff. We cannot wait to go again, Friday night disco is the best time. We're getting good, and looking forward to getting better. Big thanks to all the staff 😃
  • The curling ice is much better than it was a couple of years ago. The venue is more geared to skating and ice hockey.
  • Absolutley amazing place for development of children and also for fun ice skating sessions
  • Not changed much since I was a laddie. Great atmosphere at the Flyers latest match

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