ALBANY, New York – Hannaford Supermarkets will once again make it possible for individuals and families to rent skates for free each Saturday at the Empire State Plaza ice rink this winter season.

The Empire State Plaza ice rink will open on Friday, December 6 at noon (weather permitting). The first Hannaford Free Skate Rental Saturday will take place on December 7. Admission to the ice rink is free all season-long.

The 2019-20 season is the eighth consecutive year that Hannaford has partnered with the New York State Office of General Services (OGS) to provide free skate rentals at the Empire State Plaza. It is also the second consecutive year that free rentals will be available on Saturday, the rink’s most popular day for skating, as a result of the longstanding partnership between Hannaford and OGS.

“All of us at Hannaford are excited to begin another winter season in partnership with the New York State Office of General Services,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre. “Our free skate rental program grows in popularity each year and we are excited to once again provide families and individuals of all ages with access to an affordable and healthy outdoor winter activity.”

Since the program’s inception, more than 28,000 individuals have enjoyed free skate rentals, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets.

Ice Rink Information:

  • Hours:  Noon to 8 p.m. seven days a week, weather permitting. Closed 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and both 2 – 3 p.m. and 5 – 6 p.m. on weekends for maintenance.
  • Cost to skate: Free
  • Skate Rentals: $4 for adults, $3 for children 12 and under. A photo ID is required to rent skates. Every Saturday is Hannaford Free Skate Rental Saturday.
  • Amenities: Lockers, skate rentals, and refreshments are available in the glass pavilion adjacent to the rink. Children’s helmets and ice walkers/trainers for beginning skaters are also available free of charge.

For rink status updates, follow @EmpireStatePlaza on Facebook and @PlazaEvents on Twitter or call (518) 474-4759. For information about the Empire State Plaza ice rink, including parking, directions, and ground rules visit empirestateplaza.ny.gov.

About Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 182 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 27,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com.


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