Planet Ice, Milton Keynes
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Planet Ice Milton Keynes is a 2,800-capacity multi-purpose ice rink/hockey rink located in Milton Keynes, England, as part of the Leisure Plaza complex (near the Central station).Arena historyOpeningIn 1990, the rink opened as the Bladerunner Arena as part of the brand new Leisure Plaza complex, located close to Milton Keynes Central railway station. The Leisure Plaza facility offered a leisure and retail complex to Milton Keynes: the location featured trees, shrubbery, family picnic areas and a large pond hosting wildlife and plants with a footbridge crossing the water. In addition to the ice rink, the new complex also featured Flamingo's nightclub, Megabowl 10-pin bowling alley, Cafe Moonshine (later Heroes sports bar), an Argos superstore and Homebase centre.The ice rink itself boasted 2,200 seats, 3 licensed bars (one overlooking the ice surface, the other a kiosk at ice level), a restaurant, 3 function rooms (2 of which overlooked the ice surface – one having a bar), an ice sports shop, cafeteria, video games area, skate hire, 8 team changing rooms (1 reserved for the home professional ice hockey team), DJ box, management offices and an olympic sized ice pad. Its facilities and ice pad was one of several rinks which opened in the 1980s and '90s. In the early '90s two of Bladerunner's smaller changing rooms were converted into a large changing room, office and meeting area for the specific use of the Milton Keynes Kings Junior Ice Hockey Club.To visit Planet Ice and other attractions in Milton Keynes, use our Milton Keynes trip builder.
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Went here with the family. Never been before and was surprised at how good it was! My son and his friend really enjoyed watching ice hockey. Good atmosphere and good facilities for food etc. Cheap nig... read more »
Been here many time and its always very good. Very well looked after and a full size ice hockey stadium, My only complaint is the opening times can be hard to plan around and not really open many even... read more »
We took our children and grandchildren to see Milton Keynes Lightning win a close fought match. With new print at home tickets there's no need to queue at the box office and I'm told the hot dogs are ... read more »
The place looks a little run down and they only have one person on the front desk at peak times so there is a long queue. The condition of the ice was quite poor too even early on in public session. There are rules for no jumps or spins but this is not enforced. It seems the public session is also used by figure and hockey skaters for training so if you are a beginner its not so good when they cut infront of them or start spinning.
great place to see the local hockeymatches and also to skate on too
Is a great venue for the epl ice hockey hosting the Basingstoke Bison. And to the lower league team the Basingstoke buffalo. For the age of the rink its in an acceptable condition but could really do with a complete refurbishment. The staff are generally helpful and normally with a smile too. As for public skate sessions I can hardly comment as I don't get down often enough to pass judgement.
I've been skating here regularly for about two years now. The rink is better than some other ones I have been to around the country, though does occasionally have issues with water on the surface or the practice end not being visited by the Zamboni before the Tuesday evening session so is very rough ice. However, they have been working to improve the actual ice quality recently and it does generally seem to show. The coaches are great, the rink itself is a good size, the temperature it holds at isn't bad. I haven't really used many of the other facilities available. All in all a decent rink.
Very modern facilities.
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