Dundee Ice Arena Under Threat

Since the collapse of the Superleague in 2003 the Elite League has been marred each summer by rumour and struggles of clubs, rinks and arenas not being able to continue. This year appeared to be different. There had been no rumours about money troubles hitting any of the sides and even the Belfast Giants scandal had been dealt with so swiftly that there was no doubt that they would not be in the Elite League next season. But as always in British ice hockey that could not last. Last week though it was announced that the Dundee Ice Arena was under threat.

Dundee council currently subsidises the arena to the sum of £286,000 a year and is owed around £50,000 by the rink. Now though the trust that runs the rink has failed to supply accounts putting at risk the charitable status of the trust that means it can avoid paying some taxes and rates on the building.

The arena had only opened in 2000 bringing to end a 14 year hiatus for ice sports in the city and is now home to curling, figure skating, speed skaters, skating clubs as well as the cities 3 senior ice hockey teams and countless junior squads. Now though the future of the arena and the Elite League Dundee Stars is in the balance as council officials will meet on Monday behind closed doors to discuss the arena and whether it will feature in the future plans or not.

A petition to maintain the arena has been started and gained over 1200 signatures. It is available here.

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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