Ice Skate Under The Arch as Winterfest Opens

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Wouldn’t it be fun to go ice skating outdoors downtown, with the Gateway Arch as a backdrop? Starting Tuesday, you can do that as Winterfest at the Arch opens.

The St. Louis Blues and CityArchRiver Foundation teamed up to bring an ice rink to the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

Tom Stillman, Chairman of the St. Louis Blues, makes his remarks during opening ceremonies of a skating rink next to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on December 27, 2016. The ceremonies kicked off Winterfest, a week's worth of NHL activities that will culminate with the Chicago Blackhawks playing the St. Louis Blues outdoors in Busch Stadium on January 2, 2017. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Tom Stillman, Chairman of the St. Louis Blues, makes his remarks during opening ceremonies of a skating rink next to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis on December 27, 2016. The ceremonies kicked off Winterfest, a week’s worth of NHL activities that will culminate with the Chicago Blackhawks playing the St. Louis Blues outdoors in Busch Stadium on January 2, 2017. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Ryan McClure of CityArchRiver says the main attraction is a ice skating rink in Luther Ely Smith Square. And it isn’t made of real ice.

You can use regular ice skates on the plastic surface, and the surface works for skating no matter if it’s 10 or 60 degrees outside.

The 46-by-92-foot rink will remain open through Jan. 8.

Here is the list of events for opening day:

11:00am Ice Rink Opens
1:00pm Opening ceremony and puck drop, appearances by Blues players Joel Edmundson and Ty Rattie, autographs, Winter Classic ticket drawing, skating, photo opportunities with St. Louis Blues mascot Louie.
2:00pm Skating and meet and greet with Louie.
5:00pm Appearances by Blues alumni, autographs and Winter Classic Alumni game ticket give-away.
5:30 – 8:00pm Winterfest at the Arch ice rink will remain open for skating with music and food trucks.

And there’s a lot more to do than just skating at Winterfest, including a family-friendly New Year’s Eve event and a New Year’s Day street hockey tournament.

You can find events and times on the website.

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