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Chiller prepares for grand opening events

Springfield ice arena opening events planned next week.

The long-awaited NTPRD Chiller Ice Rink’s grand opening Oct. 25 will include discounted public skating sessions, free lessons and the Wittenberg University hockey team’s first game ever in Springfield.

“They’ll be the best game in town,” said the Chiller’s assistant general manager Jeremy Rogers.

He said he is worried he might have to turn people away if the rink reaches its capacity at just more than 400 people.

The game is Friday night at 8:45 p.m against Ohio Wesleyan, and tickets are $3.

The public can get on the ice as well next weekend for a two-hour session for $5.

The price includes skate rental and is $2 off for students and $3 off for adults.

The public skating sessions will be held Oct. 25-27 from 4 to 6 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m, and Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Rogers said during the afternoon sessions that Saturday and Sunday, skating and hockey coaches will be available for free lessons.

“There will be real basic lessons to get people comfortable and ultimately make it a better experience,” said Rogers.

The NTPRD Chiller will also have raffle prizes, possible guest appearances, games, food and more, according to its website.

There will be an invite-only ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for the rink, where the Wittenberg hockey team will raise its banner.

For more information, call the Chiller at 937-323-RINK.

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