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Albany Skating Rink Reopens!

Empire "Skate" Plaza, the Albany NY skating rink, reopens for the 2012 season on Black Friday, November 23rd, with a plethora of events and special promotions planned throughout the winter.

Just looking for general information about the rink? We've got that here for you. Read on...
What you need to know:

  • The Albany skating rink is located at the Empire State Plaza (cleverly nicknamed Empire "Skate" Plaza).
  • The rink is open from 11am - 8pm daily (weather dependent).
  • The rink is closed on Christmas Day.
  • Cost to skate: FREE
  • Skate rental is now located on the Plaza level adjacent to the rink.
  • Skate rental fees are $3 for children under 12 and $4 for adults. Skate rental will be available whenever the rink is open.

What you want to know:

  • There is no charge for skate rentals all day on Fridays, thanks to Hannaford.
  • The snack bar is open on weekends (including Fridays), offering hot dogs, burgers and fries, etc.
  • The snack bar is also open on school holidays.
  • There is a skate lounge with lockers for personal items, which is now located at the Plaza level.
  • Music plays while you skate.
  • There are many new events this year:

    • Every Friday
      Hannaford Supermarkets Free Skate Rental Fridays - No charge for skates from 11am - 8pm every Friday.
    • Sunday, December 2, 2012
      • 1pm - 6pm: New York State Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival presented by SEFCU. The rink will be closed during the fireworks and will re-open afterwards.
      • 2pm - 4pm: Learn to Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York and featuring the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club. Visit to register.
    • Friday, November 30
      6pm - 8pm: Live holiday music with Johnny Rabb and the Jail House Rockers
    • Friday, December 14
      6pm - 8pm: Live holiday music with 3MinutePop!
    • Friday, December 21
      6pm - 8pm: Live holiday music with Chris Dukes
    • Friday, February 8
      6pm - 8pm: Mascot Mayhem (open skate with your favorite Capital District characters).
    • The first Saturday of January, February and March
      2pm - 4pm: Learn to Skate Clinics, sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. No charge for skates for those participating in the clinic. Visit to register.

Oh, and one more thing... look for the dasherboard ad lining the side of the rink, and let us know what you think of it. Happy skating!

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