Edina, Minn., May 29, 2020 – The City of Edina will reopen Braemar Arena, 7501 Ikola Way, beginning June 1 in accordance with Gov. Tim Walz’s Executive Order 20-63, which allows limited organized youth sports with restrictions.
The City plans to reopen the arena in phases. Beginning June 1, the arena will allow two groups of 10 or fewer affiliated with a youth sports organization or program for youth to practice at a time. Open skating, open hockey and developmental hockey are not allowed. Adult games and adult group rentals are also not permitted at this time.
Groups interested in using the ice must have a COVID-19 plan on file with Braemar Arena, published to their youth organization website and have a process for tracking participants. Group uses will not include games, scrimmages or competitions.
Summer Skate School registration will open June 1 at noon for residents and 2 p.m. for non-residents on BraemarArena.com. The program will run June 8 through July 27, and classes are posted online. Changes to the program will include assigned entry and exit plans for each rink and class, no skate rentals, limiting class sizes to eight or fewer, limiting spectators and chaperones, and raising the skater age and skill level requirements. Snow Plow 1, Basic 1 and Adult Beginner classes will not be offered at this time.
Policies for Braemar Arena starting June 1 until further notice also include:
Maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing while on the ice and in the building.
Use separate entrances and exits for each rink.
- Handle all payments online or over the phone when possible.
- Do not bring hockey bags into the facility.
- Do not try to access the locker rooms, which are closed.
- Do not try to use the water fountains, which will be turned off and not accessible.
- No concessions will be offered, but vending machines will be available for purchases.
To comply with public health guidance, staff will be wearing facial masks and encourages patrons to wear masks at all times, including on the ice. Each organization is also encouraged to determine its mask protocol in accordance with public health recommendations.
Groups not following arena, CDC, MDH and other guidelines or directions given by staff, will have their future ice rental time removed for an unknown period of time.
For more information on Braemar Arena, visit BraemarArena.com. To learn about the City’s response to COVID-19, please regularly check the City’s website at EdinaMN.gov/Coronavirus, sign up for City Extra email updates at EdinaMN.gov/CityExtra or text EDINA to 57838 for text updates.