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Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy

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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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  • 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 »
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  • The good auld barn. Oldest UK hockey club. Great times at hockey matches, good entertainment, reasonable priced food and drink.
  • great venue for ice hockey
  • Fife flyers are the oldest ice hockey team in the Uk and were formed in 1938. 2012/13 will be their 75th anniversary.

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