Ayr Ice Rink

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Ayr Ice Rink
Location 21 Beresford Terrace, Ayr, Scotland
Coordinates 55°27′24″N 4°37′41″W / 55.45667°N 4.62806°W / 55.45667; -4.62806Coordinates: 55°27′24″N 4°37′41″W / 55.45667°N 4.62806°W / 55.45667; -4.62806
Owner Ayr Ice Rink Ltd [1]
Capacity 4,616 (3,800 seated and 816 standing) [2][3]
Field size 200 ft × 100 ft (61 m × 30 m) [2]
Broke ground 1938
Opened March 1939 [2]
Closed April 1972 [5]
Architect J & J A Carrick [4]

Ayr Ice Rink was an ice arena in Ayr, Scotland that opened in 1939 and was used for ice skating, ice hockey and curling. The rink was notable as being the home of professional ice hockey clubs Ayr Raiders and Ayr Bruins.[3]

The building was located at 21 Beresford Terrace on the former site of Beresford Park, home of Ayr Parkhouse Football Club.[6] Ayr Ice Rink Ltd purchased the land from London Midland and Scottish Railway in 1938 to build the rink.[1][4]

The property was demolished in 1972 to make way for a Safeway supermarket and today the site is occupied by two retail stores and carpark.[5]

A new ice rink was built at Limekiln Road on the site of the closed Ayr (Tams Brig) Greyhound Stadium[7] and is owned by Ayr Curling Club. It is predominantly used for curling but figure skating[8] and recreational ice hockey[9] is also played there.


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  4. ^ a b "DSA Building/Design Report". Dictionary of Scottish Architects 1840-1980. Dictionary of Scottish Architects. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Gordon, David. "Frank Dempster (1937-2004)". Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club. Manchester Phoenix Ice Hockey Club. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Site Record for Ayr, 21 Beresford Terrace, Ice Rink Details". RCAHMS Website. The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 23 February 2012. 
  7. ^ "Location". Location. Ayr Curling Club. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Introduction". Ayr figure skating club. Ayr figure skating club. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "About". Ayr Jets. Ayr Jets. Retrieved 23 February 2014.