Ice Skating on the Oval

Ice Skating on the Oval

The City's 12,000-square-foot rink, which opened in 2012, is 4,000 square feet larger than the rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center. The Oval Ice Skating Rink, powered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity. The rink is professionally managed by ASM Global, the DCU Center's talented management team.

Regular Operational Hours

  • Fridays:
    5 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday:
    1 - 6 p.m.

School Vacation & Holiday Hours

  • Monday, February 19 - Thursday, February 22 (School Vacation):
    1 - 6 p.m.
  • Friday, February 23 (School Vacation):
    1 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24 (School Vacation):
    1 - 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 25 (School Vacation/Last Day to Skate):
    1 - 6 p.m.

The Oval Ice Skating Rink will be open as the weather allows and any weather-related delayed openings or closures may be found by visiting the Oval Ice Skating Rink's Facebook and Instagram pages or by calling the Oval Ice Skating Rink Weather Hotline sponsored by Cornerstone Bank at 508-929-0777.

Special Events

  • Friday, February 16: Free Skate Event courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts from 5 - 9 p.m. Complimentary ice skating for all attendees, including free skate rentals for children 12 and under.
  • Sunday, February 18: Financial Fitness Takeover by DCU - Digital Federal Credit Union from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 22: Worcester Bravehearts Takeover from 1 - 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 24: Curling at the Oval - curling demonstrations by Blackstone Valley Curling Club, Colonial Curling Club and Petersham Curling Club from 7 - 9 p.m.

General Admission Pricing

  • Admission:
  • Group Admission (10 or More):
  • Children 5 and Under Skate Free
  • Rentals (Available Until 30 Minutes Prior to Closing):
  • UMass Chan Medical School Little Helper Skate Guide:
    $5.00 per hour

Private Rentals

Private rentals make for a great employee outing, birthday celebration, family gathering or other group activity. Restaurants in the area can provide refreshments or we can put you in contact with a variety of food trucks to select from for on-site options.

Private rentals are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, immediately before or after public skate times.

Rental Fee:

  • $350.00 per hour with availability of rental skates* for your attendees.
  • $300.00 per hour without access to rental skates.
    *Skate rentals are $6.00 per pair.

To rent the Oval Ice Skating Rink for your private event please contact 508-929-0162.

Skate Rentals

During public skating hours at the Worcester Common Oval, ice skate rentals will be available for $6. You will need valid identification in order to rent skates.

Accessibility at the Oval Ice Skating Rink

The comfort of our guests is essential; therefore, The Oval Ice Skating Rink recognizes the special needs of those guests with disabilities. The Oval Ice Skating Rink is accessible with ramps for guests to enter and exit off the ice. Guests who require adaptive skating equipment may obtain the following at no cost (subject to availability) at The Oval Ice Skating Rink: Skate Assistance Trainers or Bobby, the Seal Skate Aids (suitable for children; weight restrictions apply). Guests with disabilities may use The Oval Ice Skating Rink independently or with the help of a caregiver. Please note that caregivers are required to wear ice skates while on the ice. Everyone's safety and pleasure in utilizing The Oval Ice Skating Rink is important.

Individuals with personal assistive devices (adaptive ice sport sleds, adaptive wheelchairs (Typhoon), bar seat walkers or other similar devices) may be provided private access to the rink ½ hour before or ½ hour after public skate times for their use with guests. There will be no charge for the enjoyment of The Oval Ice Skating Rink during these times. Please contact 508-929-0162 to schedule this option. A minimum of a one-week advance reservation is requested.

If you have questions, concerns and/or additional suggestions, please feel free to contact 508-929-0162.

Plan Your Day

While at The Oval Ice Skating Rink, the Dogfather Food Truck is located on site for access to lunch or refreshments during your visit.

Before or after your time at The Oval Ice Skating Rink, explore the many other amenities near the Common. For a list of options, visit Discover Central Massachusetts.

When available, there is no charge to park in the City Hall underground garage adjacent to the Worcester Common Oval. Additionally, there is plenty of affordable parking available within walking distance of the Worcester Common Oval, including the underground Worcester Common Garage at 2 Eaton Place, Mercantile Center Parking Garage, Federal Plaza Parking Garage and the Pearl-Elm Parking Garage.

Rink Rules & Skating Safety

Premier Sponsors:

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Logo College of the Holy Cross Logo Digital Federal Credit Union Logo Worcester Railers Hockey Club Logo

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