Skaters on the ice rink at the Shell

Ice Rink

So you want to skate?

See you at the Shell. Both instructional lessons and informal drop-in opportunities are available in the historic space, where you can also rent equipment and lockers to store your own on-site.

Shell Ice Rink

1430 Monroe Street
Madison WI, 53711
(608) 263-6566

Daily Schedules

Ice Schedules

The ice rink is closed until early September.

Rink Fees & Skate Rentals

A valid Rec Well membership or photo ID card is required.

UW Student  $4
Affiliate/Community with Rec Well Membership $5
Affiliate/Community without Rec Well Membership  $6
Other students & children  $4

A valid Rec Well membership or photo ID card is required. Skate rentals are available to all Shell ice rink users and can be purchased at the Shell Member Services Office.

All participants $3
Unlimited Skate Rental Pass $20/ semester, $30 / Fall + Spring

Purchase a Skate Pass for unlimited access to our Open Rec Skate, Open Hockey*, and Stick & Puck* at the rink.
*Participants in Open Hockey and Stick & Puck must be at least 18 years of age.

UW Student  $30/Semester $50/Fall + Spring Open to enrolled UW-Madison students. Available for purchase online or at the Shell Member Services Office.
Rec Well Member
$40/Semester $70/Fall + Spring Open to anyone with a current Rec Well Membership. Available for purchase online or at the Shell Member Services Office.
Non-Rec Well Member
$50/Semester $90/Fall + Spring Open to any non-Rec Well Member. This pass includes only ice rink usage during Open Skate times and is available for purchase at the Shell Member Services Office.

Open Rec Opportunities

Rec Skate is open to skaters of all ages. Instruction by skating professionals during Rec Skate is prohibited. Our staff has the authority to stop any activity that may create safety or maintenance concerns.  Skating direction is at the discretion of the staff on duty.

Open Hockey is a chance for players ages 18 and up to compete in pick-up hockey games.  A helmet with a face cage and hockey gloves are required, and full hockey gear is recommended. Helmets can be rented from the front desk for $2. The first two goalies to arrive for each session will be admitted at no charge.

Stick and puck is a chance for players ages 18 and up to practice skills in a non-competitive setting.  A helmet and gloves are required. Helmets can be rented from the front desk for $2. Goalies are welcome but competitive games are not allowed during stick and puck.

Join us on Saturdays from 7 – 8:30pm throughout the school year for themed skate nights. Have an idea for a future theme? Let us know when you stop in to the rink.

September 14 2000s
October 19 R&B
October 26 Spooky Songs
November 2 One Hit Wonders
November 16 Girl Bands
November 30 Boy Bands
December 7 Kids’ Movie Music
January 25 Yacht Rock
February 1 Musicals
February 8 One Hit Wonders
February 15 Love Songs
February 22 Break-up Songs
February 29 Kids’ Movie Music
March 7 Country

Are you interested in reserving one of our facility spaces for an event for your student organization, university department, or community group? All reservations can be made by submitting a Special Event Request Form.

Parking & Directions

Parking:

  • Metered parking on Monroe Street
  • Lot 18 (located in front of the Shell): Parkmobile spaces; follow directions on signs in front of stalls to pay
  • Lot 19 (near the UW Field House): Free after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Engineering Parking Ramp/Lot 17 (free on weekends)
  • Lot 16 (3-minute walk): Permit required 24/7; any UW Lot Permit is valid after 4:30pm Monday – Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday
  • Bike stalls are available in front of the Shell
  • Moped parking available at Lot 690, 695, and 69
  • Parking availability may be restricted without notice due to special events

Bus:

  • Convenient bus lines include the 3, 6, 7, 58, 80, 81, 82, and 84

BCycle:

  • The nearest station is located at the corner of Breese Terrace and Regent Street or in front of Union South on Campus Drive