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National Ice Centre

Nottingham, England

Home of the Nottingham Panthers



National Ice Centre (map it)
Lace Market, Stoney St
Nottingham, England NG1 1LA
United Kingdom

Nottingham Panthers website

National Ice Centre website

Year Opened: 2000

Capacity: 7,500

There are no tickets available at this time.


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The Frozen Forest of Nottingham

Nottingham Panthers, also known as the GMB Nottingham Panthers due to a sponsorship agreement, play in the National Ice Centre. They have done so since their move from the Ice Stadium in 2000. It is the first twin Olympic sized ice rink in the UK, and the main arena known as the Capital FM Arena holds a crowd of 7,500 for ice hockey games.

The first rink was opened in 2000 by the Olympic gold medalist Jayne Torvill. The second family rink opened in 2001. The final cost of the centre was 43 million pounds with 10% of that being lottery funded, one of the highest grants ever awarded.

The Panthers have the largest fan base in the UK with an average of over 5,000 fans per game. They play in the Elite Ice Hockey League, which is Britain’s top hockey league.

They have won one Elite League Title, three other league titles, five Championships and seven Challenge cups. They are also the only team to play in every league season where a title has been contested.


What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There is a good selection of food and drink items on offer. The loaded fries are especially tasty and cost between £3 and £3.50. There is also a selection of different types of hot dogs which cost between £3.70 and £5 and you can also get a carvery meal deal at £6 or £9 with a drink, or a pork bap at £4. Beer is on sale at £3.80, cider is £4.00 and so is wine. A large soft drink is £3.80 and a small at £3.

There is also a café in the ice centre before you pass the ticket checks which offers food and has better selection of beer at slightly lower prices and has a good atmosphere before games.

Atmosphere    3

The views from every seat are very good and you are never far away from the action even at the very top. The seats have less leg room than some other arenas which is the only downside. There are plenty of entrances and exits to the arena seating and there are very rarely any queues. This also applies to the food and drink stalls in the concourse as there are plenty of them to access. There are also plenty of toilets and disabled access points.

The crowds are loud which is helped by the acoustics of the arena as it also doubles as a concert venue.

Neighborhood    4

Nottingham is a city in the East Midlands, known for many things including being the home of Robin Hood. The National Ice Centre is located in the historic Lace Market area just east of the city centre. The National Ice Centre is situated in a very safe and easy to reach area. There are plenty of places to visit to eat and drink, the more popular destination is The Cornerhouse, which is a complex of restaurants, bars, and cinema. A popular pub to visit is called the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, and claims to be the oldest pub in England (dating back to 1189). The Navigation Inn is also another good place to visit pre or post game with a great menu.

Fans    4

The fans are very knowledgeable and are very passionate about their ice hockey team, which is great to see in the UK with this fairly small market sport. This is also shown with the high average attendance, and challenges the support of plenty of teams in more established hockey-playing countries in Europe.

They chant regularly throughout the game even when losing and it is a safe environment for families to attend, which is why it is also popular with children. There are plenty of Panthers jerseys in the stands on show as well as a mix of other teams, especially from North America.

Access    5

Nottingham is not the largest city, so it is fairly easy to walk around once in the centre. The National Ice Centre is in the historic Lace Market area just east of the centre. It is a 10 minute walk from the bus station, a 15 minute walk from the train station, and about a 20 minute walk from the city centre. There are plenty of parking options close by as it is so central. Trams are also another option for public transport. For those flying in, East Midlands Airport is only 13 miles away as well.

Return on Investment    3

Ticket prices cost between £16.00 and £19.00 for adults and for children costs range from £7.50 - £10.50. Tickets can be purchased for anywhere in the stadium and have three price points, Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Hospitality suites can also be purchased for £40.50 and £46.50 which give great views and access to exclusive bars and restaurant.

Extras    3

In the National Ice Centre there is a public rink as well as a shop called the Ice Locker to buy Panthers and most NHL team merchandise. There is also plenty of ice hockey equipment available to buy. A raffle is run every home game to win a cash prize as well.

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem renovated in 1997

I could not go to the Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem on my trip to Nottingham in 1997 as it was closed for renovations.

The Panthers were home the night I left, in the arena prior to the current one, so I couldn't see a game.

by daddy912 | Feb 23, 2016 07:35 PM

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The Cornerhouse  (map it!)

Burton Street

Nottingham, England NG1 4DB

0115 950 5168


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