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December 30, 2009 > Where sharks and ice skaters coexist in Fremont

Where sharks and ice skaters coexist in Fremont

By David J. Nicolas

Sharks Ice hockey and ice skating rink in Fremont is featuring multiple public skating sessions for the rest of the holidays.

The public can hit the ice Monday through Friday mornings from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and again from 1:30-4:30 p.m. There are adult-only sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.

Sharks Ice features weekend open ice from 12:15-2:15 p.m., with an additional late evening session on Saturdays from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

Since its opening in 2005, Sharks Ice, owned and operated by the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, has tried to incorporate more activities for the community while catering to the area's budding youth and adult hockey teams.

"Our goal was to make sure we didn't lose another ice facility in Northern California," said Jon Gustafson, general manager of Sharks Ice facilities in Fremont and San Jose.

Sharks Ice in Fremont involved a major renovation of the site. The group installed a new 40,000 square-foot ice rink, replaced all the pipes and upgraded the bar and pro shop.

Gustafson made sure to feature a beer and wine bar in Fremont, a popular staple in the San Jose facility. Stanley's Sports Bar, adorned with plasma televisions for your hockey-viewing pleasure, is nestled upstairs and overlooks the ice rink.

Although there are 35 youth and adult teams that use Sharks Ice in Fremont, figure skating is becoming the most popular activity. Fremont offers lessons and clinics by two coaches who both have almost two decades of figure skating experience.

Children under 12 years old can skate during the open sessions for $7; general admission is $8; skate rentals are $4. For those who need additional training on the ice, Sharks Ice provides public 20-minute instruction sessions for $40.

Sharks Ice is located at 44388 Old Warm Springs Boulevard in Fremont. For more information, log onto www.sharksiceatfremont.com or call 510-623-7200.




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