The Depot Ice Rink Is Open For The Season

The Depot Ice Rink Is Open For The Season


A LOT OF POST OFFICES HAVE THOSE 24-HOUR SELF-SERVE KIOSKS. WELL, IT’S ONE OF THE MOST ROMANTIC PLACES TO SKATE. THE DEPOT ICE RINK IS OPEN FOR THE SEASON IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS. KYLIE BEARS — KYLIE BEARSE IS THERE. Reporter: THIS IS SO MUCH FUN. WE’RE WITH COREY KINGSBURY WITH THE DEPOT. WE HAVE TO LET YOU KNOW, OUR PHOTOGRAPHER JOEL IS ON SKATES, SKATING BACKWARDS. WE’LL TELL HIM WHEN WE’RE TAKING A TURN. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT THE DEPOT. JUST OVER 15 YEARS. IT’S GREAT. Reporter: TURN, TURN. THERE YOU GO. A GREAT WINTER ACTIVITY TO STAY ACTIVE. A LITTLE CHILLY, BUT SO MUCH FUN. YOU WERE TELLING ME ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE DEPOT. IT WAS CLOSED FOR 30 YEARS. FROM 1971 TO 2001 AND IN 2001 WE OPENED WITH A SPECIAL EVENT VENUE, TWO HOTELS AND OUR INDOOR ICE SKATING RINK. THIS IS SOMETHING PEOPLE LOVE. Reporter: JOEL WE’RE GOING TO TURN NOW. HE’S DOING SUCH A GREAT JOB. IS IT OPEN SKATE? YES. PEOPLE COME YEAR AFTER YEAR. THEY CAN DID TO OUR RESTAURANT AND BAR. WE HAVE TWO HOTELS CONNECTED TO THE DEPOT. IF YOU’RE A GUEST, YOU GET 25% OFF FOR ADMISSION SKATE RENTAL. COME IN. WE’RE OPEN AND WE’RE OPEN THROUGH THE AND OF THE SEASON INTO EARLY MARCH. Reporter: I KNOW YOU HAVE NEW YEAR’S COMING UP. THAT’S OPEN MAST MIDNIGHT. WE’RE OPEN UNTIL 1 A.M. ON NEW YEAR’S EVE. WE HAVE GREAT HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS ALONG WITH THE RESTAURANT AND BAR. THIS PLACE IS REALLY BUSY ON NEW YEAR’S EVE. Reporter: WOULD YOU SAY THE PEOPLE WHO COME AND SKATE HERE, IS IT MORE ABOUT THE YOUNG ARE CROWD? ARE THERE EXPERTS HERE? PEOPLE OF ALL AGES CAN COME OUT AND ICE SKATE. PEOPLE HAVE STARTED ICE SKATING BEFORE THEY COULD WALK. WE HAVE SKATES OF ALL SIZES SO FROM LITTLE TODDLER SIZE SKATES UP TO SIZE 14 MEN’S SKATES. YOU DON’T NEED TO SKATE TO COME. YOU CAN COME AND WATCH. HAVE A CUP OF HOT CHOCOLATE, COLD BEVERAGE AND SOME HOT FOOD AND JUST WATCH PEOPLE ENJOY THE TIME ICE SKATING HERE. I IMAGINE IT HAS TO BE ROMANTIC. DO YOU GET PROPOSALS? WE DO. WE GET SEVERAL PROPOSALS EACH SEASON. WHAT’S AWESOME IS WHEN THE COUPLES COME BACK AND WANT TO CELEBRATE THEIR WEDDING. Reporter: WHAT TIME ARE YOU OPEN TODAY? TODAY FROM 10 A.M. TO 11 P.M. TONIGHT. AWESOME. COREY, THANK YOU FOR OPENING UP FOR US. JOEL IS AMAZING. HE WENT BACKWARDS. I CAN’T STOP. HE STOPPED. THAT’S THE HARDEST PART, STOPPING. IT’S THE HARDEST PART F YOU SEE ME GOING PAST, THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED. GOOD WORK JOEL AND KYLIE, TOO. I WAS A LITTLE WORRIED ABOUT KYLIE. IT’S BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE TOP PLACES IN NORTH AMERICA TO SKATE. ON A REALLY COLD MINNESOTA DAY IT’S NOT BAD TO GO TO AN UNDOOR ICE RINK. OUR KYLIE BEARSE IS AT THE DEPOT. I’M IMPRESSED. YOU’RE DOING GREAT. Reporter: OUR PHOTOGRAPHER, JOEL THURSTON, WHO IS EXPRAITING BACKWARD– SKATING BACKWARDS IS GIVING MOW SKATING LESSONS. I LOVE THE DISCOBALL THAT’S GOING. I UNDERSTAND IT’S BUSIER. TELL MOW ABOUT THE HISTORY BEHIND THIS PLACE. IT’S INCREDIBLE. THIS IS A MINNEAPOLIS LANDMARK, KIND OF A DOWNTOWN ICON. WE’VE BEEN OPEN AS AN ICE SKATING RINK FOR 15 YEARS. ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR WINTER ACTIVITIES TO DO IN MINNESOTA AND YOU CAN DO IT RIGHT HERE IN DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS. Reporter: THAT’S WHAT I LOVE ABOUT IT, THE TRADITIONS. YOU ARE OPEN PRETTY MUCH ALL DAY LONG. TODAY WE’RE OPEN FROM 10 A.M. TO 11 P.M. WE’RE OPEN CHRISTMAS EVE AND CHRISTMAS DAY WITH A LITTLE MORE LIMITED HOURS. THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE IS ON OUR WEBSITE DEPOT RINK.COM. WE’RE OPEN THROUGH EARLY MARCH. Reporter: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART? IT’S GREAT. PEOPLE OF ALL AGES CAN COME OUT AND ICE SKATE. EVEN WHEN YOU CAN BARELY WALK YOU CAN GET SOME SKATES ON. IT’S GREAT FOR PEOPLE OUT OF TOWN TO BRING THEM HERE AND GET THEM USED TO MINNESOTA CULTURE. YOU GET PEOPLE OF ALL DIFFERENT LEVELS. IT WAS AMAZING. YES. SOME PEOPLE LIKE TO SHOW OFF, WHICH IS GREAT. IT GIVES PEOPLE SOMETHING TO WATCH AND PEOPLE JUST REALLY ENJOY IT. YOU CAN LIST TONIGHT HOW SICK. ENJOY TIME TOGETHER. I IMAGINE YOU CAN GET A LITTLE ROMANTIC. YOU’VE HAD PROPOSALS. IT’S A GREAT SPOT TO POP THE QUESTION. RIGHT AFTERWARDS YOU CAN TALK ABOUT PLANNING YOUR WEDDING. Reporter: HOW CONVENIENT. NEW YEAR’S OPEN UNTIL 1:00 IN THE MORNING. OPEN UNTIL 1 A.M. GREAT SPOT TO CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR. OUR RESTAURANT AND BAR ARE OPEN. Reporter: THANKS FOR OPENING UP THE RINK. I LOVE THE DEPOT ICE SKATING RINK. IT’S SUCH A TRADITION. SKATING INSIDE IS KIND OF NICE, TOO. ABSOLUTELY. YOU GUYS DID GREAT. NOW YOU’LL HAVE TO GET THE ZAMBONI OUT AND CLEAR OFF THE ICE.

Antonio Breitenberg

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