HANNAFORD TO PROVIDE FREE ICE SKATE RENTALS AT EMPIRE STATE PLAZA ICE RINK EACH FRIDAY OF 2017-18 SEASON

Hannaford to also offer free parking and free skate rentals during the New York State Holiday Tree Lighting, presented by SEFCU, on December 3

ALBANY, New York – Hannaford Supermarkets will once again provide individuals and families with a fun and affordable way to stay active this winter with free skate rentals at the Empire State Plaza ice rink each Friday of the 2017-18 season.

The first Hannaford Free Skate Rental Friday will coincide with opening day of the Empire State Plaza ice rink on Friday, December 1 (weather permitting). The ice rink will officially open at 11 a.m. Admission is free all season-long.

Additionally, Hannaford will offer free skate rentals and free parking after 3 p.m. to those attending the New York State Holiday Tree Lighting, presented by SEFCU, on Sunday, December 3. The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:15 p.m. and concludes with a fireworks show.

The 2017-18 season marks the sixth consecutive year that Hannaford has partnered with the New York State Office of General Services to provide free skate rentals at the Empire State Plaza ice rink. Since the program’s inception in 2012, approximately 20,000 individuals have enjoyed free skate rentals, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets.

“We are thrilled to partner with the New York State Office of General Services to bring such a beloved winter activity to the Empire State Plaza and offer free skate rentals each Friday throughout the season,” said Hannaford Supermarkets Community Relations Specialist Brian Fabre. “We are also pleased to make this year’s New York State Holiday Tree Lighting accessible for everyone to experience and enjoy with free skate rentals and free parking at the Empire State Plaza. We look forward to welcoming families to the annual tree lighting and to the Empire State Plaza ice rink throughout the winter for a memorable outing against the backdrop of the state Capitol.”

General Rink Information  

  • Hours: Every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., weather dependent. The rink will be closed daily from 3 to 4 p.m. for maintenance.
  • Cost to Skate: Free
  • Skate Rental: $3 for children 12 and under and $4 for adults. A photo ID is required to rent skates.
  • Hannaford Free Skate Rental Fridays: Skate rentals are free every Friday during the season courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets.
  • Amenities: A full-service snack bar open Friday nights and weekends and a skate lounge with lockers for personal items are all located in the glass pavilion on the Plaza level.

About Hannaford Supermarkets

Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 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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