The ice rink at Ally Pally is among the busiest and most popular in London, if not the country! We know how much everyone has missed using it in recent months, particularly the 11 ice hockey clubs and thousands of skaters who call it home. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back again.
2020 marked the 30th anniversary of the opening of the rink – it was meant to be a year of celebrations. Despite the lockdowns we’ve continued to maintain the rink and where possible make upgrades, but the pandemic has really cut our income and we can’t afford to do more without your help.
A new Plexiglas screen around the rink would make ice hockey safer for all, make for a better spectator experience, provide additional covid-related protection and enable us to switch between ice hockey and skating sessions much quicker – giving everyone more time on the ice.
Installing this new screen would take ice hockey at Ally Pally to the next level - and you can make it happen. Thank you x
What we'll deliver:
- Install new safety glass screen around perimeter of ice rink
Why it's a great idea:
Plexiglas is much safer than the current curtain, and it improves the spectacle for the crowd too. It will make switching between hockey and ice skating easier, important when Ally Pally ice rink is often booked solid from first thing until late at night. At the moment, our staff need to manually drag the curtain around the rink and put it in position. It will improve the look and feel of the ice rink, complementing other recent changes to freshen it up. A screen also helps us meet covid protocols, by creating a permanent and easily cleaned barrier between the rink and spectator areas. Ice hockey has become increasingly popular, with 11 different clubs now using Ally Pally ice rink, including the London Rangers and Haringey Huskies. It is a fantastic sport for young people to take up, requiring skill, teamwork and physical fitness, and we are doing all we can to encourage the widest possible engagement with our community, both as participants and spectators.
Steps to get it done:
- Site visit to confirm final technical design
- Install new glass screen
- Official opening and celebration event
Haringey Huskies were EIHA Division 2 champions last season and their fanbase is growing! Before the pandemic hit, London Rangers and the other community clubs based at Ally Pally were seeing increasing interest, and we were supporting teams playing at all junior age groups. Ice Hockey at Ally Pally was on a roll! Installing this new screen would give our hockey players the rink they deserve, help elevate the sport even more, and encourage others to get involved with investment and support. Please help us take ice hockey at Ally Pally to the next level!