A photo of the empty ice rink, Sub Zero Ice Center, at Bakke Recreation & Wellbeing Center.


So you want to skate?

Come visit us at the Sub-Zero Ice Center. Open hockey, freestyle figure, and public skate are all offered. Make sure you protect your head! Bring your own helmet or rent one from us at the Rink Services desk.

Both instructional lessons and informal drop-in opportunities are available in this state of the art space.



1976 Observatory Dr
Madison WI, 53706
(608) 262 - 8244



Public Skate is open for recreational, beginner, and advanced skaters to enjoy time on the ice.

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.

Freestyle Figure Skating is a chance for figure skaters to work on their skills in an environment dedicated solely to figure skating. Skaters are required to repair divots created from jumps, slush will be provided for this purpose.


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. Proof of age is required.


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. Proof of age is required. 30 player maximum attendance. First come first served.

Locker Update

Due to high demand, we will be implementing a lottery system to rent tall ice rink lockers for the 2024 – 2025 academic year. This lottery is open to UW students only. Entries will be selected at random on the first day of fall classes (September 4). Please complete the entry form for a chance to rent a locker during the 2024 – 2025 academic year.

Enter Lottery Here


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

UW Student & Youth $4
Rec Well Member $5
Non-Rec Well Member $6



A valid Rec Well membership or photo ID card is required. Skate rentals are available to all Sub-Zero Ice Arena users and can be purchased at the Sub-Zero Ice Arena Member Services Office.

One-time rental $3

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/Summer Semester/Summer + Skate Rental* Fall – Spring Fall – Spring +  Skate Rental*
UW Student & Youth $40 $60 $70 $90
Rec Well Member
$50 $70 $90 $110
Non-Rec Well Member**
$60 $80 $110 $120
*These passes include unlimited skate rentals.
**Must be purchased in person.

Summer lockers are on sale now. Lockers must be purchased in person only in the Rink Services lobby. Looking for a locker for the 2024 – 2025 school year? Complete the entry form by September 3 for a chance to rent a locker.

Small Tall
Fall + Spring (UW Students Only) 
September 4, 2024 – May 12, 2025
Summer (Available to anyone) 
May 20, 2024 – August 23, 2024

Getting There



  • Lot 67 (located across the street from the Bakke): hourly parking rates
  • Lot 36 (Observatory Drive ramp): hourly parking rates
  • Bike stalls are available in front of the Bakke
  • For more parking information, please contact UW Transportation


  • Convenient bus lines include the 28, 38, 65, 80, 82, and 84


  • The nearest station is located outside of Bakke on the east side