The Ice Rink at Downtown Pittsburgh PPG Place

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PPG Plaza in downtown Pittsburgh is home to an outdoor ice skating rink in the midst of the shining six-building complex. At PPG Plaza you'll find both the Wintergarden event venue and The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. The Ice Rink at PPG Place has an ice surface of 116 feet by 116 feet and during the holiday season, the rink incorporates the plaza's traditional 60-foot tree. A fountain replaces the ice in the spring.

The rink was expanded during the 2015-16 season and measures 67 percent larger than the rink at Rockefeller Center and two-thirds the size of a National Hockey League rink.

Skating at PPG Ice Rink

The PPG Place complex covers a six-block section of downtown Pittsburgh. The entire complex can be seen from Fourth Avenue. PPG Place is just a few steps away from the Gateway “T” (light rail) stop. If you drive downtown, you will need to pay for parking which is available in the PPG Place Parking Garage for visitors. This 700-space garage has a public entrance on Third Avenue.

If you work up an appetite while skating, there are several restaurants in PPG Place.

The PPG Ice Skating Rink is open from late-November through early-March. Hours are:

  • Holiday Hours (November 16 - January 1, 2019)
    Monday-Thursday:    11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to Midnight
    Sunday:                     11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Winter Hours (January 2 - March 3, 2019)
    Monday-Thursday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
    Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Special Holiday Hours
    Thanksgiving:          11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Christmas Eve:         11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Christmas Day:        11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    New Year’s Eve:       11 a.m. to Midnight
    New Year’s Day:       11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
    President’s Day, February 18:   11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Admission and Charges

    The price of admission to skate is:
    Adults (ages 13 - 49) - $10
    Children (through age 12) - $9
    Seniors (ages 50 and up) - $9
    Military (with ID) - $9
    Skate rental is $4 and one-time locker use is 50 cents.

    If you want to learn to skate or want to skate better, skating lessons are available at the Rink at PPG Place for all ages and ability levels. Private lessons are also available.

    Groups and Parties at the Rink at PPG Place

    Group rates and party planning services are available for public and private skating parties of 10 people or more. You can combine skating admission fees, skate rentals, and meals. You can also give gift certificates. Call or see the manager for more details.

    Special Events at the PPG Ice Rink

    Light Up Night - Held the first night the rink is open for the season, with an American Cancer Society Tribute of Light ceremony.

    Mascot Skate - Enjoy an afternoon of skating with your favorite mascots, usually the day after opening night.

    Skate with Santa Saturdays - Direct from the North Pole, join the Jolly Big Guy and skate around the spectacular 65-foot Christmas tree surrounded by the iconic glass “Crown Jewel” of the Pittsburgh skyline.