Ice Skating Returns to Motorpoint Arena Nottingham with Rainbow Heart to Thank NHS Workers

The ice at the East Midlands largest entertainment venue, Motorpoint Arena Nottingham has been painted blue to recognise the extraordinary efforts by NHS workers during the current crisis.

In a UK first, the blue ice at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham will also bear the message: Thank You NHS #ThankYouSocialCare inside a giant rainbow in the shape of a heart.

The blue Arena ice will open to the public and be available to skate on from Friday 16 October.

Martin Ingham, Chief Executive at the venue said: “Sadly, the Motorpoint Arena has been out of action for over six months and we appreciate many music and event fans are missing the opportunity to have a great live experience with us.

“Since we’re unable to host events in the current climate, we thought we’d try the next best thing and open the Arena for people to enjoy a new experience of ice skating in this tremendous space, while simultaneously paying tribute to the NHS and social care workers.

Lee Chadburn, Head of Facilities at the venue said: “We are extremely proud to be able to produce this symbol of our appreciation to all those individuals who are doing amazing things to help us all through these tough times. We’re also pleased to bring some much-needed excitement to Nottinghamshire residents in these current times.”

Alongside painting the ice blue (all 1,800m2 of it!), the Facilities Team have lovingly hand painted the largest ice logo many in the industry have ever seen in the form of a rainbow heart, and it’s something that’s never been done on an ice rink.

Lee continues: “Our team of ice painters are very excited to bring this idea to life and we hope everyone who visits enjoys the experience.”

The blue ice-skating experience at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham can be pre-booked now via

 Tickets are priced at £5.50 for students, £8.50 for children (aged 5-15) and £9.50 for adults (aged 16+). Children aged 5 and under can skate for free when accompanied by a full paying adult. Family prices are also available.

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