How Ice Skating at the Rink at PPG Place Will Be Different This Year
The rink opens for its 20th season later this month.
The pandemic canceled Pittsburgh’s annual Light Up Night, but another Downtown holiday tradition will continue, albeit with some changes this year.
Beginning Friday, Nov. 20, skaters will be able to glide around the iconic holiday tree at the Rink at PPG Place. The rink will be open daily and holidays through Feb. 28, 2021.
There is plenty of room to ice skate while social distancing. In 2015, The rink was expanded by 25%, increasing its overall surface size to 67% larger than the Rockefeller Center ice rink and two-thirds the size of an NHL rink.
Admission will be limited to the current guidelines for outdoor gatherings and tickets can only be purchased in advance online. Admission is $11 for adults (ages 13-49); $10 for children (ages 12 and under), seniors (ages 50 and over) and military personnel (with ID). A ticket service charge will apply. Skate rental is $5.
Other COVID-19 safety protocols include:
- Maintain a 6-foot distance while waiting in line.
- Masks must be worn when entering the skate rental area and outside when social distancing is not possible.
- Temperature checks will be performed prior to entering the skate rental area.
- Frequently touched surfaces will be cleaned and disinfected often.
The annual Valentine’s Skate is scheduled for Feb. 14. Other special events, including a Princess Skate, Superhero Skate and Skate with the Ol’ Two-Niner Phil Bourque, will be determined at a later date.