Valencia Ice Station undergoes massive renovations in hopes of opening when health conditions allow

In March 2020, Santa Clarita’s Valencia Ice Station closed due to the pandemic. In August 2020, the City bought the rink and land but not the business itself. They plan to use the rink for expected activities like skating and hockey as well as use it as a conference center, a venue for activities like competitions and concerts and host other sports like rollerblading and basketball. At the end of 2020 and beginning of 2021, they began renovating the space by painting, upgrading systems, making repairs and even replacing the iconic clock with the City of Santa Clarita logo. 

“’We have spent a lot of time speaking with user groups who are thrilled about the future of this facility. Their excitement is contagious, and City staff are really enjoying the process of revamping the building and are looking forward to how it will benefit our community – not only those who participate in ice sports, but also as a hub for community gatherings and other events,’” said Assistant City Manager Frank Oviedo to KHTS. 

After looking for someone to run the business, the City signed a contract to the L.A. Kings and American Sports Entertainment Company (ASEC). ASEC is one of the largest owners and operators of ice rinks in the United States, including the Toyota Sports Performance Center which houses the L.A. Kings. 

“’The name recognition, experience, and expertise will ensure a top-notch operation that our local youth hockey clubs, figure skating teams, curling competitors, and recreational skaters will all enjoy once the doors reopen,’” said Santa Clarita’s mayor Bill Miranda to KHTS.

The renovations were expected to be completed in March and will reopen after completed when COVID-19 conditions allow.