Free open skate at Berry Events Center

Peter Smedley

This season, while COVID-19 still persists, open skate is still available in a limited capacity. At the Berry Events Center, students can enjoy skating on Feb. 11, and 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. 

Unlike previous open skate events, there is a limited capacity of 30 students, so reservations must be made quickly. Students are expected to wear masks at all times and also a helmet. Open skate is limited to NMU students only. Students also must bring their own ice skates, but there is a limited number of helmets to borrow.

In terms of future ice skating events, the SLFP team says they hope to host more but has yet to determine whether it will be feasible to continue due to the pandemic.

If the Berry Events Center event reaches full capacity, there are other options for ice skating outside of NMU. Along Presque Isle Avenue, an open to the public, outdoor rink often hosts games of pickup hockey. 

The Lakeview Arena also typically hosts an open skate for $4.00, although there may have been schedule changes due to COVID-19. The North Wind has reached out for more information but has not yet received a response. For more information about the Lakeview Arena go to

To register for Feb. 11, go to

For Feb. 18, register at