National Ice Centre

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This article is about the ice rink in England. For the United States government center, see National Ice Center. For the adjoining arena, see Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.
The National Ice Centre
The National Ice Centre logo
National Ice Centre - Trent FM Arena.jpg
Exterior of the National Ice Centre
Location Bolero Square
The Lace Market
Nottingham NG1 1LA
United Kingdom
Owner Nottingham City Council
Capacity 7,500
Broke ground 1993
Opened 1 April 2000 (2000-04-01)
Construction cost £43 million
Nottingham Panthers (2000–present)
Venue Website

The National Ice Centre (NIC) is located in Nottingham, England. It is the first twin Olympic-sized ice rink in the UK. Located just east of the city centre, close to the historic Lace Market area, the facility includes the Nottingham Arena (since January 2016 re-branded as the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham).

The first rink and the arena were opened on 1 April 2000 by Olympic Gold Medalist, Jayne Torvill. The second Olympic Rink opened the following year, on 7 April 2001.[1]


The National Ice Centre was constructed on the site of the former Nottingham Ice Stadium, which opened in 1939 and was showing its age. Plans to replace the stadium were first announced in September 1995. The estimated cost of replacement was £13 million, part of which was to come from National Lottery funds. The plans were unveiled in October 1996, by which time the British Olympic Association had got behind the proposal.

Several buildings were demolished to make way for the new ice centre; This included an Art Deco warehouse and "The Old Cricket Players" pub, which was initially planned to be spared. The former Ice Stadium closed in March 2000, and by May 2000 was described as "nearly demolished", with four skip loads of demolition rubble being removed from the site every day.[2][3] This had been the former training ground for Olympic ice dancing champions Torvill and Dean (Jayne Torvill & Christopher Dean). The square in front of the new building was named 'Bolero Square' to honour their achievements.

During excavation for the new building in July 1998 a rare 1,100-year-old Saxon jug was found, which is on display at the Nottingham Castle Museum. A 19th-century graveyard was also found under the car park, from which the bodies were then exhumed.

The centre was officially opened on 1 April 2000 by Olympic Gold Medalist, Jayne Torvill; with the first public skating sessions taking place the same month. The second phase of the project – the family rink – was scheduled to be completed by May–June 2001, but opened early on 7 April 2001.[4][1] The final cost of the project was £43million,[1] 10% of which came from the lottery – one of the highest grants awarded.

HM The Queen visited the National Ice Centre and Nottingham Arena on 31 July 2002.[5]

There are two ice pads.

The capacity of the main arena is 10,000.[6]

The National Ice Centre is an Industry Green accredited venue.[7]

Nottingham Panthers[edit]

The arena is home to the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team. Founded in 1946, it was disbanded in 1960 and reformed 20 years later. The team have won eight out of twelve cup finals since 1994, and won three out of nine play-off finals.[8] The Ice Centre is also the base for the GB Short Track Speed Skating Squad.

Inside the National Ice Centre before the 2007 EIHL Play Off Final


  1. ^ a b c "About the NIC". Retrieved 14 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Brunton, John (29 March 2000). "Centre Stage: Torvill to open ice complex". Nottingham Evening Post. Retrieved 22 December 2013. (subscription required)
  3. ^ Brunton, John (15 May 2000). "It's gone but not forgotten". Nottingham Evening Post. Retrieved 22 December 2013. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Brunton, John (28 March 2000). "PROMOTERS HOPE TO ATTRACT A GALAXY OF TOP STAR NAMES TO PULL IN THE CROWDS AT THE CITY'S NEW ICE STADIUM". Nottingham Evening Post. Retrieved 22 December 2013. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Venue Information: Capital FM Arena Nottingham". The Gig Cartel. Archived from the original on 9 June 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  6. ^ Arena Capacity
  7. ^ Green
  8. ^ "The History of the Nottingham Panthers"

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Coordinates: 52°57′10″N 1°8′22″W / 52.95278°N 1.13944°W / 52.95278; -1.13944