Skate with the UGA "Ice Dogs" in Athens Saturday

7:26 AM, Dec 14, 2013   |    comments
The UGA Hockey team will host an old-fashioned afternoon Winter Skating Party with players and team members and fans on Saturday.
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ATHENS, Ga. -- The public will get a chance to skate with the University of Georgia Ice Dogs on Saturday at The Classic Center, which will soon be the site of their first home ice rink.

Saturday's "Winter Skating Party" will run from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. as part of "Christmas at the Classic Center." 

The rink is a smaller version of one that will be installed in a few months to allow the Ice Dogs to play on home ice for the first time in 27 years.

In October, the Athens Clarke County Board of Commissioners approved a plan to add a portable ice rink to the convention center's exhibition hall.

The rink will be 200' X 85' in size with dasher boards and protective glass.

The rink will include retractable seating for up to 2,500 spectators.

The "Ice Dogs" currently travel to the Ice Forum for practices and games.

"This will be the first rink ever in Athens and a big step for the hockey program," said Larry Hall, who founded the Ice Dogs when he was a student at UGA in 1987. "We have been dreaming about this day for 27 years, and it's so exciting that we are walking on air."

"Being able to have true home games right here in Athens is incredibly exciting to open up the doors for a whole new segment of fans right here at our home base," Head Coach John Hoos said in a release issued by UGA. 

The rink will not be a year-round fixture in the Classic Center. It can be set up in 36 hours and removed in about half that time.

For more information about tickets to Saturday's skate and Christmas at the Classic Center, click here.

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