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Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy

(3.6/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
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 1d 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 Guilds 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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  • 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 »
  • As a regular to the arena for hockey matches and the public skates I have to say it is fantastic. The arena is old and could probably do with a bit more work to bring it up to date but the owners do a...  more »
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  • Really good ice rink, I go every Sunday to lessons and the quality of the ice is good.The no glass windows have never been a problem for me.
  • In need of a BIG upgrade. But still better than some ice arena's
  • Pish...
  • It is a bad Ice Arena the zamboni goes to fast so does not give you good ice to skate no glass around the board so very dangerous when flyers and a another time play it is 100 times better than south Ayr. Fife is a very Cold Ice Rink. I don't know how the manager of that place can stay in there all day. Fife ice arena opened in 1938 it is now the UK oldest rink and ice hockey team. The rink got built in 1937 so they got it finished in 1 year so that is why it is bad don,t go to it guys
  • i like fife