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.
Due to reduced campus operations and workforce as well as growing public health concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, all Rec Well facilities are closed and all programs, services, and events are cancelled indefinitely.
Our top priority is always the health and safety of our community. Please visit covid19.wisc.edu for the most current information for campus.
|Sunday||1:30 – 3pm|
|Monday||11am – 2pm|
|Wednesday||11am – 2pm
6:15 – 7:15pm
(Late Night Skate)
|11:15pm – 12:45am|
|Friday||11am – 2pm
5:45 – 7pm
|Saturday**||1:30 – 3pm
7 – 8:30pm
*Late Night Skate runs October 3 – December 5. There is no Late Night Skate on Halloween or Thanksgiving.
** There is no Open Rec Skate during UW home football games.
Participants must be 18 or older.
|Sunday*||7 – 9pm|
|Wednesday||2:30 – 4pm|
*Hours for Open Hockey on Sunday will change to 7 – 8pm during Thanksgiving Weekend and Winter Break (December 22 – January 19).
Participants must be 18 or older.
|Tuesday||11am – 2pm|
|Thursday||11am – 2pm|
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.
|December 7||Kids’ Movie Music|
|January 25||Yacht Rock|
|February 8||One Direction|
|February 15||Love Songs|
|February 22||Break-up Songs|
|February 29||Kids’ Movie Music|
Rink Fees & Skate Rentals
A valid Rec Well membership or photo ID card is required.
|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.
|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.
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 an Event Request Form.
Parking & Directions
- 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
- Convenient bus lines include the 3, 6, 7, 58, 80, 81, 82, and 84
- The nearest station is located at the corner of Breese Terrace and Regent Street or in front of Union South on Campus Drive