NEW YORK — The ice rink at Rockefeller Center opened for its 80th season yesterday with Olympic Silver Medalist Figure Skater Sasha Cohen (pictured above) serving as host. Cohen led a troupe of young skaters from Ice Theatre of New York and Figure Skating in Harlem, who participated in the ceremonial ribbon cutting and the first skate of the season.
The Rink at Rockefeller Center, which opened in 1936, is celebrating its 80th anniversary. During the opening celebrations, a trio of figure skaters from Ice Dance International paid tribute to the milestone by performing “The Three Smokers,” a piece commissioned by Ice Theatre of New York and choreographed by famed NYC ballet choreographer Edward Villella, who also appeared at the event.
Always the first ice rink to open in NY, The Rink at Rockefeller is an international cultural landmark and one of the most visited sites in the world, with more than a quarter of a million annual skaters. This season, The Rink offers experiences including Afternoon Tea and Skating, late night Starlight Skate, and classic traditions such as Breakfast with Santa, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Engagement on Ice, First Skate, and VIP Skating.
General admission rates for skating at The Rink start at $25 plus $12 for skate rental. Children under 11 and seniors are $15.
To commemorate the 80th Anniversary, The Rink and its surrounding restaurants will harken back to its opening year with nostalgic touches from menu offerings to décor and music. The Rink will play Billboard #1 songs from the last 80 years.
The Rink is located on 5th Avenue between 49th and 50th Streets.