Empire State Plaza ice rink opens with free skate rentals

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Empire State Plaza ice rink will open for the season on Friday morning, featuring the first of Hannaford Supermarkets Free Skate Rental Fridays, with free rentals all day from
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Officials from the Office of General Services will hold an opening ceremony at 11 a.m. at the rink.

For the first time this year, Hannaford
Supermarkets is offering Free Skate Rental Fridays with no charge for skates every Friday.

The rink is open offering free skating daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Skate rentals are available, $3 for children under 12 and $4 for adults. A full-service snack bar is open Friday nights, weekends and school holidays, skate
lounge with lockers for personal items now located at the Plaza level, and

Here are some additional events to look forward to this season at the ice rink:

  • Sunday,
    December 2, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. New York State Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks
    Festival presented by SEFCU. The rink will be closed during the fireworks and
    will re-open afterwards.
  • Sunday,
    December 2, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Learn to Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of
    Northeastern New York and featuring the Hudson Mohawk Figure Skating Club. Visit
    ogs.ny.gov to register.
  • Friday,
    December 7, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Live holiday music with Chris
  • Friday,
    December 14, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Live holiday music with 3 Minute
  • Friday,
    February 8, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. – Mascot Mayhem (open skate with your favorite
    Capital District characters).
  • Learn
    to Skate Clinics, sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York – The first
    Saturday of January, February and March from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. No charge for
    skates for those participating in the clinic. Visit ogs.ny.gov to


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