Last year Schaatsbaan Rotterdam had to close after 16 days due to Covid-19, and thus found itself in financial distress. Fortunately, the municipality of Rotterdam, ensured the existence of the skating rink. November 27 the ice rink will open its doors for the 9th season in a row.
From that date, the most colourful skating rink in the Netherlands will be open daily for rounds on the 400-metre track, school skating, curling, silent disco skating or simply an enjoyable evening with friends or family!
Director Tijs Nederlof is glad they can continue: “The need was high because after a terrible season we’ve lost all our reserves. Thanks to the quick action of the municipality, the future looks a lot brighter now. We are very grateful for that.”
The organization is eager to get started again. Nederlof: “When we reopen, we have some catching up to do. Rotterdammers can count on us to make up for a lost season. Think of a spectacular opening, great events (such as Silent Disco) and of course a great ice rink.”
The complex offers fun for all levels of ice skaters, from beginners to professionals. The 400 metre-track has official ISU measurements. Although the track is often covered, we also have the possibility to open the sides, if the wheater permits. This is ideal for experiencing what it is like to skate outside, with an indoor comfort. The 400 metre-track is ideal for young talents, skating clubs, competition skaters and recreational skaters to practice. Skating lessons for beginners and more experienced skaters are also organised on this track. These lessons are given by Duosport.
The covered 800m2 Funbaan is used by beginners, school skaters, figure skaters and for curling. Also events take place here.
Eating at Schaatsbaan Rotterdam
At the winter square there are plenty of seats to enjoy winter delicacies such as a french fries with hot meat, a cup of pea soup or a plate of mashed potatoes with sausage. Vegetarians can get mashed potatoes or a sandwich with a vegan smoked sausage, a spicy vegetable croquette or a vegan pea soup.
Schaatsbaan Rotterdam is accessible by both public transport (bus, tram and metro) and car (350 parking spots).
Photo: Guido Pijper