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Ice Zone to close for good May 15

Published: Mon, February 18, 2013 @ 12:54 p.m.

Ice Zone to close for good May 15

The Ice Zone, which first opened in Boardman in 1997 and gave rise to youth hockey in the Mahoning Valley, will permanently close on May 15, said William Weimer, vice president of the B.J. Alan Co., which owns the rink.

Weimer said declining revenue at the rink over the years, despite a fervent push to raise interest in winter sports and “tremendous amounts of advertising dollars” to market the rink, was the primary reason to go forward with the decision to shut the doors for good.

The Youngstown Phantoms, who play in the United States Hockey League, and sometimes use the Ice Zone, located at 360 McClurg Road, for practice time will not be affected by the move, Weimer said.

Instead, arrangements will be made for more practice time at the Covelli Centre or at rinks as far away as Canton, Pittsburgh or Kent. Phantoms home games will continue to be played at the Covelli Centre.

Weimer said the May 15 closing date will allow youth hockey teams and other recreational groups to finish their winter seasons and give those groups time during the summer to make other arrangements elsewhere.


1NilesOhio(996 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Sorry to hear that. Personally, I didn't care for ice skating because it was cold, and I could roller skate instead and keep warm. Landing on ice is quite a bit better than a maple wood floor, though.

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2AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

WHAT???? Nobody has blamed the UNIONS yet. Usually anything that is closed down is the unions fault.

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3redeye1(5662 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

They should just drain the rinks and re-open as a roller rink. Maybe even try to get roller hockey teams to play there. My sons have to either travel to Butler , Pa. or Harmarville Pa. to play roller hockey. It';s way cheaper to play non-contact roller hockey then ice hockey as far as equipment needed.

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4PalRat(3 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

It's probably for the best. Mr. Zoldan can barely keep his own Fireworks business afloat, let alone fund a dead-from-the-start hockey team AND The Ice Zone on top of it. Maybe it's about time he stops acting so "Juvenile" as he so eloquently put, and give up his rich boy toys that are burying his company into the ground. No wonder they can't keep employees from quitting the place, when he dumps hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of payroll a year into the team, then forces his employees to work the games, yet says there's no money for raises for the past 5-6 years "because of the bad economy"... Crash and burn Mr. Zoldan... It's only a matter of time now.

An ex-employee.

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