Our rink has three major areas, the concession area (warming/bathrooms area), locker rooms, and the rink area.
The concession area is heated, and contains two bathrooms, a second-floor viewing area with limited seating, and the concession stand.
There are three heated locker rooms, all accessible from either the Players’ Entrance (SW corner of the building) or through the concession area to the rink area. It is easiest for players with bags to enter through the Players’ Entrance since the concession area gets quite crowded on game days. Benches are also available in the SW corner of the rink area (unheated).
The rink area is unheated. Walkways around the rink allow “at the glass” viewing from almost anywhere in the arena. Please note that to access the north end, you must cross the Zamboni access area, which has uneven footing and may be icy. Please do not cross the access area when the Zamboni doors are open.
A second floor, unheated “Mezzanine” viewing area is accessible through the concession area, up the stairs and through the blue door.
No outside heaters of any kind are allowed in the locker rooms, the Mezzanine, or in the rink area.
It can be cold, but dress appropriately. Hat, gloves, warm shoes/boots and socks, and winter jackets are recommended. Coveralls are perfectly acceptable. Hand warmers and face masks are available for sale in the concession stand.
Players generally do not feel the cold as much as the spectators because they are skating hard, but they can get cold if not properly dressed.
Suggestions for players are:
Warm gear. Keep bag in the passenger compartment of your car while you drive to the rink.
Dry gear. Make sure all gear is completely dry before you pack your bag. This includes skates! Put them on a boot dryer overnight.
Dry socks. Bring a fresh pair of socks to put on before the game. Wool socks are best; they stay warm even if they get damp from sweat.
Under Armor or thermal underwear tops and bottoms.
Thin liner gloves inside the hockey gloves. Even the dollar-store stretchy knit ones make a big difference!
Finger/toe warmers and a thin face mask for very cold days. Both are available for sale at the concession stand.
From I29: Take the Thomson exit (exit 130). Take ND-15 west 25 miles to 35th St NE. Turn left to go south approximately 3/4 mi to Farmers Union Insurance Center Hockey Rink.
From US- 2: Turn south on ND-18 (Larimore turn). Proceed south for 14 miles to ND-15. Turn left to go east 2 miles to 35th St. Turn right to go south approximately 3/4 mi to Farmers Union Insurance Center Hockey Rink.