November 22, 2017

Edward F. Loring Ice Arena

The Edward F. Loring Ice Arena is Framingham’s only indoor ice skating rink. The area host public skating sessions, local hockey games and figure skating events.

The need for Framingham to have an Ice Arena because the Framingham Ice Hockey team would have to travel all the way to Worcester to play their games. In 1961 the team captured the attention of the town when they won the state championship.

Loring Arena

Things I learned about Loring Ice Arena

  • Opened in November 30, 1963. (In 2019 it will be the 55th anniversary)
  • The arena is named after the former Framingham High School’s Ice Hockey head coach Edward F. Loring. He was the coach of the championship 1961 team.
  • Owned by the Town of Framingham and operated by the Town's Park & Recreation department.
  • Cost $535,000 to construct the ice rink in 1963 (Same Item would cost $4,312,572.06 in 2017)
  • In April 2015, the Town of Framingham approved a $5.66 million resolution to modernize the arena. The arena will have to improve handicapped accessibility, better separate boys’ and girls’ dressing rooms and other adjustments. Construction began in the Summer of 2017.
  • The ice rink is open from Labor Day through Boston Marathon Weekend.
  • Loring Skating Arena is a cash only facility (There are no ATMs on site!)
  • Weekend Open Skate cost $5 to get in and $6 for skate rentals. Rentals are only available on weekends!
  • There is Infrared heater above the grandstand which is operated by a coin machine at the top of the grandstand. (4 Quarters for 30 mins) These machines are currently out of order.

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