Ice Rink Solutions is a consulting firm that provides ice arena specific information for all aspects of ice arena pre-planning, design, and ongoing operational assistance. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs and questions.


Our Principal consultant, Bob Bebber, has over 40 years of experience in financially successful ice arena operations at the following facilities:

Ice Centre at the Promenade
1996 - 2015
Westminster, CO 80020
Ice Centre General Manager

North Jeffco Park and Rec
1981 - 1996
Arvada, CO 80002
Ice Arena General Manager

Janesville Ice Arena
1974 - 1981
Janesville, WS
Ice Arena General Manager

A partial list of consulting projects and level of involvement is listed below:

  • Chateau Whistler Ice Arena - Whistler, B.C. - (preliminary const. costs, scheduling & operational projections).
  • City of Montrose, CO - (preliminary const. costs, scheduling & operational
  • Rock Springs Community Center - Rock Springs, WY - (plan review & recommendations)
  • Casper Ice Arena - Casper, WY - (city council presentation & question/answer session)
  • University of Colorado - Boulder, CO - (analysis of ice conditions, recommendations & refrigeration equipment analysis)
  • Post Falls, Idaho - (feasibility study)
  • Bolingbrook Ice Arena - Grayslake, IL - (feasibility study)
  • City of Durango - Durango, CO - (feasibility study)
  • Telluride Mountain Village - Telluride, CO - (feasibility study)
  • Sandpoint Centre, Idaho - (feasibility study)
  • New Richmond, Wisconsin - (facility and mechanical evaluation and operational analysis)
  • Pueblo Plaza Ice Arena - Pueblo, CO - (evaluate mechanical systems & safety of facility)
  • Bridgerland Community Ice Arena (Eccles Ice Center) - Logan, UT - (provision of performance specifications for refrigeration system, ice floor, and dasher boards. Assistance with ice arena specific equipment procurement)
  • Howelsen Ice Arena - Steamboat Springs, CO - (plan review, provision of performance specifications for refrigeration system, ice floor, and dasher boards. Facility design assistance and review)
  • Lincoln Meadows Ice Arena - Parker, CO - (design assistance & pre-planning meetings)
  • Charlene Giebler Ice Arena - Grand Junction, CO - (plan review & preparation of refrigeration system design specifications for bid release)
  • Whitefish, Montana - (feasibility study, design assistance on retrofit of new ice floor)
  • Youth Sports Authority Project - Jefferson County, CO - (project design & market analysis, ongoing assistance)
  • The Riverfront Ice Arena - Wenatchee, WA - (design assistance on remodel and pricing estimates, preparation of bid documents for equipment procurement)
  • World Arena Ice Hall - Colorado Springs, CO - (review of operational procedures and written report of recommendations and findings)
  • Lakes Area Hockey Assn. - Spirit Lake, IA - (feasibility study) projections)
  • Kroenke Sports, Inc. - (owner of Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, and The Pepsi Center)
  • Denver, CO - (provide financial analysis and physical inspection of Big Bear Ice Arena including refrigeration plant, dehumidification system, and mechanical components for possible purchase)
  • Ice Center Enterprises - San Jose, CA. - (Feasibility Study and design assistance)
  • Vista Ice Arena - West Palm Beach, Florida - (development of business plan, provision of performance specifications for refrigeration system, ice floors, and dasher board design, ongoing assistance on existing building retrofit)
  • The Edge Ice Arena, Foothills Park and Recreation District - Littleton, CO - (provide feasibility study and pro-forma for bond sales. Provision of performance and design specifications for refrigeration system, ice floors, and dasher boards. Facility design assistance, administrative assistance for pre-opening, recruitment of arena manager)
  • Vail Recreation District - Vail, CO. (evaluation of operations, hiring assistance)
  • Huskies Hockey Club - Darien, Illinois - (inspection and evaluation of facility for possible purchase, evaluation of equipment, operations, and provision of report on findings)
  • Concord Carlisle Youth Hockey Assn - Concord, MA - (feasibility study)
  • Telluride Park Pavilion - Hanley Rink, Telluride, CO - (provide performance specifications for refrigeration system, ice floor, and dasher boards for semi-enclosed outdoor arena)
  • Chicago Wolves - AHL/Hoffman Estates Park District - Hoffman Estates, IL - (feasibility study, construction and design assistance, provision of performance specifications for refrigeration system, ice floors, and dasher boards. Assist with business and human resource development)
  • Pleasant Prairie, WI - (feasibility study, construction and design assistance. Refrigeration system, ice floor, and dasher board design assistance, business development, human resource development, assist in key staff member hiring)
  • Robert Morris University/Island Sports Center, Pittsburgh, PA - (operational review of existing 3-sheet facility with recommendations for improvements and efficiencies)
  • Karl McMillen - Temecula, CA - (feasibility study, initial ice rink pre-planning)
  • City of Greeley - CO (design and development of new facility, pro-forma development, performance specifications and bid reviews for dasher boards, refrigeration system, and ice floors. Assist in hiring of manager)
  • Denise Mackey, Cincinnati, OH - (develop market analysis and business plan for twin-surface facility)
  • City of Boulder - Boulder, CO - (review of private entities business plan for two-surface ice arena to be funded by City)
  • Callison Architecture, Inc. - Seattle, WA - (design and provide performance specifications for new outdoor refrigerated ice rink)
  • Town of Crested Butte, CO - (public presentations and feasibility study)
  • Front Range Amateur Hockey Assn - Aurora, CO - (feasibility study, construction and design assistance, prepare performance specifications and bid documents for refrigeration system, ice floors, and dasher boards)
  • City of Pueblo - Pueblo, CO - (provide design performance specifications for new refrigeration system and dasher boards to retrofit existing arena)
  • Schutz Foss Architects, P.C., Gillette, WY - (provide design performance specifications for refrigeration system and dasher boards for civic center project)
  • City of Aspen, CO - (review and make recommendations regarding: staffing levels, employee scheduling and needs, rate structure, and schedule of ice usage at both City ice facilities)
  • Northern Colorado Youth Hockey, Ft. Collins, CO - (evaluation of Providence Ice Centre for potential purchase, including refrigeration and mechanical systems summarized in written report of findings)
  • Glacier Ice Arena - Grand Junction, CO - (review of operational procedures, staffing, and review of P & L statements, summarized in written report of findings and recommendations)
  • Stumptown Ice Den, Whitefish, MT - (evaluate existing inefficiencies in refrigeration system and provide recommendation for improvements)
  • Kulik Skating, Orange County, CA - (provide construction and design assistance for a unique ice skating facility operated by Ilia Kulik, 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist)
  • Town of Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ - (Level 1 Market Analysis for outdoor skating rink)
  • City of Dickinson, N.D. - (plan review, provision of performance specifications for refrigeration system, ice floor, and dasher boards. Facility design assistance and review)
  • YWCA of Walla Walla, WA - (evaluation of dated refrigeration system and operational efficiencies)

Construction Costs & Design Size Configuration

These Microsoft Excel spreadsheets provide the typical costs associated with the construction of either a single ice surface facility or a two-surface ice-skating facility in the year 2015. Formatting is in Microsoft Excel and the purchaser has the ability to automatically re-configure costs with one click of the mouse, based on estimated square footage price. This is a valuable tool for architects, as well as contractors to determine space needs and costs associated with ice arena construction.

Furnishings, Fixtures, & Equipment Costs

This Microsoft Excel document indicates the estimated costs for ice arena specific equipment for both a single-surface arena and a two-surface arena, as well as other furnishings required in the start-up operation of an ice skating facility.

Items such as: Ice resurfacer, Dasher boards, Scoreboards, Goal Frames, Rental Skates, Skate Sharpener, Computers, Office Furnishings, etc.

(This document is included in the "Ice Rink Business Plan" document.)

Ice Rink Business Plan

This 35+ page package incorporates an anonymous business plan formatted for customers that have the time and wish to develop a business plan on their own.

It has components in Microsoft Word formatting for verbiage requirements, and a very extensive Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with linked pages and components that financial institutions and investors are seeking when considering a project. Manipulation of the Excel documents requires someone that is well versed in Excel. This formatting has taken well over 200 hours to develop. It includes: schedule module, balance sheet, cash flow, graphs, amortization, start-up fees, FF&E, etc.

There is no demographic component in this packet, as that information would need to be developed relative to your specific location. This can be accomplished for an additional fee.

Detailed Design & Performance Specifications

If the decision has been made to begin construction of an ice-skating facility, and the architect or general contractor is preparing a bid release package that requires detailed design and performance specifications for a two-surface facility this pdf file is for you. It provides comprehensive information on Refrigeration Package Installation and Design, Ice Floor Installation and Design, & Dasher Board Installation and Design.

This information is very detailed but further adjustments will need to be considered for each specific application relative to: climate, rink envelope size, operating season, etc. Ice Rink Solutions can provide project specific details at our standard hourly rate structure.

Estimated One Year P&L Statement

A complete line-item breakdown of the typical revenues & expenses associated with the operation of a single-surface ice facility and a two-surface ice facility that operates year-round. Microsoft Excel format.

(This document is included in the "Ice Rink Business Plan" document.)

Bonus Information

Purchase any of the above spreadsheets and receive free of charge a document that details a successful programming and scheduling philosophy, site selection criteria, and a list defining each area of pertinent ice arena programming. Free - with the purchase of any other spreadsheet. Four page Microsoft Word document.