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Oxford Ice Rink is a 56 × 26m ice rink located on Oxpens Road in Oxford, England. It is a ten-minute walk from Oxford city centre and Oxford railway station.
In 1980, money was raised by the Oxford Ice Skating Trust (OXIST) for the construction of a new ice rink — a project that was taken over by the Oxford City Council. The rink, designed by Nicholas Grimshaw, was built on Oxpens Road (known as Nun's Walk prior to 1850) and opened in 1984. It looks like a ship, thanks to two 30-metre masts at each end that earned it the nickname, "the Cutty Sark". The north end of the building is fully glazed, allowing plenty of natural light into the rink.
Currently, the future of the ice rink is unknown, and the Oxford city council is studying various options and encourages public input.
In February 2009, the Oxford City Council awarded the contract to manage leisure in Oxford. From March 31, 2009, all of Oxford Leisure, including the Oxford Ice Rink will be run by Fusion-Lifestyle Ltd.
Ice hockey Edit
Oxford Ice Rink is the home to several ice hockey teams including:
- Oxford City Stars
- Oxford University
- Oxford Zodiacs
- Oxford University Women’s Blues
- Oxford University Vikings
- RAF Bluewings
- Oxford Bulls