By Drew Partsch
East Aurora is a great little village and one of its best features is the Winter Classic Ice Rink. The rink was acquired in 2008 after the Winter Classic was held in Buffalo, when the Buffalo Sabres battled the Pittsburg Penguins. In fact, I look forward to the wintertime because of the many events held at the rink.
This famous rink hosts many ice hockey and even roller hockey leagues. In addition to the leagues, they hold open skate sessions every Friday night and Saturday afternoon for whoever wants to come out and skate. These events give the opportunity to hang out with friends and even make new ones from other schools.
Recently, they added a two-story lobby where people can get their skates, snacks and even socialize. On the first floor they have a huge area where people can change into skates, and the fireplace is an inviting area to warm up during sessions. The second floor is full of tables and chairs with huge windows looking over the rink. This allows parents to watch their children in a relaxing atmosphere while their kids have fun. This addition made the rink a hotspot for all people to just come and hang out.
A big reason the rink is super popular is because of where it is. The location is in the center of East Aurora, which makes it easy for everyone to get to and it is in walking distance of many stores and restaurants. These things together make for a perfect outing for all ages.
The East Aurora Winter Classic Ice Rink is without a doubt one of the town’s bright spots. This year should be a blast hanging around there!
For more information regarding open skates, leagues or birthday opportunities, please visit www.thinkrink.org. And don’t forget your Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance card for your dollar off. See you at the rink!
Drew Partsch, a senior at Iroquois Senior High School in Elma, is serving as a summer intern for BuffaloScoop.com!