Photo of an ice rink filled with people figure skating in the same direction 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.

Shell Ice Rink

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

Daily Schedules

Due to current University guidance, masks are required at the Shell, regardless of vaccination status.  Only exception is when actively playing ice hockey, where masks are only required for those not vaccinated.

Ice Schedules

Istruction 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.

Fall Hours
Monday 11am – 2pm
Wednesday 11am – 2pm
6:15 – 7:15pm
Friday 11am – 2pm
5:45 – 7pm
Saturday 1:30 – 3pm
7 – 8:30pm
Sunday 1:30 – 3pm

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.

Fall Hours
Tuesday 11am – 2pm
Thursday 11am – 2pm

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.

Fall Hours
Sunday 7 – 9pm
Wednesday 2:30 – 4pm

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

Date Theme
September 18 2000s
September 25
R&B
October 9
Disco
October 23
Spooky Songs
November 6
Girl & Boy Bands
December 4
K-Pop
December 11
Classic Rock

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
Youth (17 years old or younger) $4

PURCHASE A SKATE PASS

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. Open Rec Skate is open to all ages. Participants must be at least 18 years of age for Open Hockey and Stick & Puck.

Semester Fall + Spring
UW Student  $30 $50
Rec Well Member
$40 $70
Non-Rec Well Member
$55 $90

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