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Planet Ice Silverdome Arena

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Planet Ice Basingstoke
Silverdome Arena
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LocationLeisure Park, Basingstoke RG22 6PG
OwnerThe Arena Group Ltd
OperatorPlanet Ice
Opened30 April 1988
Construction cost£2 million
ArchitectMike Lewis
General contractorFramex Building Systems
Basingstoke Bison 
Basingstoke Buffalo

The Planet Ice Silverdome Arena is a 2,000-seat multi-purpose arena in Basingstoke, England. It was built in 1988 and has an Olympic sized 60 x 30 metre ice rink. It is one of several ice skating arenas in the UK operated by the Planet Ice company. It is home to the Basingstoke Bison and Basingstoke Buffalo Ice hockey teams.

The first ever hockey game played at the ice rink was between Basingstoke Beavers (now Bison) and Bournemouth Sharks, on Sunday 17 July 1988. The Beavers won the game 27-2 in front of 1,200 spectators. The first ever goal was scored by the Beavers' Don Yewchin after just 10 seconds.

Public Skating

Basingstoke Ice Rink has public skating year round, seven days a week. [1] Disco sessions occur every Friday at 20:00 and birthday parties can be booked for the morning and afternoon sessions all week.

Private Hire

Hiring can be done by contacting the rink directly on a case-by-case basis.

Synchronised Skating

The local club Basingstoke Synchronised Skating Club[2] has 3 Synchronised Skating teams using the rink. Including

The club is sponsored by Persimmon Homes. [4]

The club in conjunction with the figure skating club has won the National Team Challenge inter-rink competition 3 times in 1999, 2004 and 2009. [5]

Figure Skating

The rink hosts top level figure skaters including 2015/16 national champion Danielle Harrison [6] and has 12 coaches including Andrew Place who competed in the 1992 Olympics. There is patch ice for figure skaters every morning.

The local club is Basingstoke Ice Skating Club. [7]

It has a regular Friday night session.[8]

The club in conjunction with the syncro skating club has won the National Team Challenge inter-rink competition 3 times in 1999, 2004 and 2009. [5]

Christmas Show

The rink has a Christmas show each year with a cast of 190 for the 25th annual show in 2013,[9] and a cast of 180 in 2014.[10]

Ice Hockey

The Planet Ice Silverdome Arena is home to the Basingstoke Bison and Basingstoke Buffalo with 5 Junior teams and a number of recreational teams including

Along with an active Stick & Puck

Medium Term Threat

The ice rink is under threat of closure by the operator Planet Ice.[11][12][13] There are multiple petitions and an active campaign to maintain the ice rink in Basingstoke.[14][15][16]


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  2. ^ "Basingstoke Synchronised Skating Club". Basingstoke Synchro. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  3. ^ a b c "Synchronised Skating teams". Basingstoke Synchro. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  4. ^ "Skaters looking to glide to glory after donation". Basingstoke Observer. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  5. ^ a b "Ice cream! Basingstoke crowned team champs". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  6. ^ "Danielle Harrison". Danielle Harrison. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  7. ^ "Basingstoke Ice Skating Club". Basingstoke Ice Skating Club. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  8. ^ "Basingstoke Ice Skating Club is back". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  9. ^ "Ice show to take place at Basingstoke Arena". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  10. ^ "Skaters wow the crowds at annual ice show". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2018-07-09.
  11. ^ "Concerns raised over condition of 'unsafe' Basingstoke ice rink". Southern Daily Echo. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  12. ^ "Future of Planet Ice in Basingstoke leisure park is 'on thin ice'". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  13. ^ "'Waiting game' on short-term future of ice rink". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  14. ^ "Fight to save ice rink". Basingstoke Gazette. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  15. ^ "Ice Rink at risk – a campaign to keep ice skating in Basingstoke Borough". Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  16. ^ "'Waiting game' on short-term future of ice rink". Romsey Advertiser. Retrieved 2018-07-05.

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