The city currently doesnt benefit from a permanent rink – although one is set to open its doors to the public in 2019.
“We look at the weather beforehand and we also go ahead and are just keeping track of the condition of the ice because it is the ice condition itself, more so than the weather, that really matters to whether or not were able to open,” said Kolo.
Many other cities also have a temporary rink over the festive period, but youll have to wait a little bit longer for the chance to get your skates on here in Leeds.
“Laying down the ice, then a layer of white reflective paint and then more ice so about a week ago we had a crew in here doing that, and now weve got our ice up to a good level of thickness and its safe to skate on.,” said Kolo.
National chain Planet Ice announced they had taken over the site close to Elland Road, while also stating that they were looking to home a professional ice hockey team at the 2,000 capacity indoor rink.The opening date for this rink is still fairly vague, with developers saying in October that it should be open tot he public by late January 2019.Planet Ice Leeds will have a 56×26-metre ice pad, 2,000-capacity arena with 1,800 fixed spectator seats, bar and catering facilities, as well as regular events and ice skating lessons.
A temporary rink will also be erected in Leeds city centre for the childrens half term holidays in February.
Ice Cube, coined as Yorkshires coolest wintertime attraction, will set up in Millennium Square between February 2 and February 25.