As the home of the GMB Nottingham Panthers, we wanted to bring you right up to date with venue and ticket news as we approach a brand new season…
Watch the best ice hockey in the country from the comfort of your private Executive Suite…
This season we’re introducing a brand new private Executive Suite Experience so you can enjoy the thrill and excitement of an ice hockey match from the comfort of a private suite with your friends, family or colleagues.
We have two packages available depending on your group size. Pay a one-off fee per match for the Executive Suite, then purchase your tickets as standard…
• Option one, hire a suite for up to 14 guests for £250 per match
• Option two, hire a suite for 15 to 28 guests for £500 per match
This cost includes a private suite with viewing balcony, full waiter/waitress service, access to the exclusive level 4 VIP Bar area, and for an additional cost, catering options to pre-order are available. The one-off hire fee does not include your tickets, you will need to purchase these on top of the suite hire cost.
See the view from an Executive Suite and check out our Panthers hospitality pictures here.
For more details, call our Hospitality team on 0843 373 3000 (select option 1, option 2, option 2. Available Mon-Friday 9am-5:30pm) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book online & print at home!
Did you know you can book standard tickets to all Panthers home matches online? Choose the option to print tickets at home and you’ll avoid the £1.95 additional charge for posting out tickets!
We always recommend you book tickets online, it’ll save you queuing for tickets on match days.
Champions Hockey League
Tickets for the three biggest club matches ever played in Nottingham are on sale now and taking place on 22 Aug, 24 Aug and 23 Sept. Three match tickets and one day match tickets are available. Click here for more details.
Travel to and from Panthers matches for just £2
Purchase a return journey on the tram or NCT City area buses and it’ll cost just £2 per person when you show a valid match ticket. Click here for details.
Here’s to a great 2014/15 season…GO PANTHERS!
The Rapid Solicitors Elite League will introduce a couple of rule changes, which were implemented by the IIHF at their annual Congress this summer.
Hybrid icing will now be used in all matches instead of touch icing. In summary, play is stopped immediately if the player on the opposing team reaches the face-off dot first, instead of skating all the way across the goalline to touch the puck. This type of icing is intended to reduce the number of collisions along the boards during touch icing, but still allowing the team that iced the puck to get to it first to wave off the icing.
In instances where the puck is shot around the end boards, travels down the ice and comes out the other end, the linesman has to determine who would have touched the puck first. If it’s the defending player, he calls an automatic icing but if it’s the attacking player he lets the play continue.
The new icing rule will be in force from the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Referee, Mike Hicks, said: “Hybrid icing has been discussed for a while now and it is a good thing for the Elite League that it has now been implemented. I’m sure many of the UK fans have been watching the NHL and noticed that the touch icing was replaced last season with hybrid icing. It is a great move forwards in player safety. It keeps the excitement and the game-flow going – and creates and forces the teams to race for the puck on potential icing situations. However, the linesmen now need to make a judgement call as to who would win the race to the puck by the hash marks.This reduces any potential injury situations with players racing the length of the ice and injuring themselves on the end boards.”
For a more detailed explanation of hybrid icing, click this link www.youtube.com/watch?v=won154-7s5k&feature=youtu.be
The size of the end zones will be increased by one-and-a-half metres to bring the Elite League in line with the IIHF rule change. The bluelines will now be 22.86 metres from the end of the rink.
All clubs need to have this in place by the 2015-16 season, while a number of clubs will implement this for the upcoming 2014-15 campaign. This includes Nottingham’s National Ice Centre, the venue for playoff finals weekend.
Elite League chairman, Tony Smith, said: “We felt it was important for us to follow the IIHF proposals. The top leagues in the world will be implementing this and so should we. It should be of benefit to the GB national team as well. Any tournament they play will now have these end zone sizes and it is important they play all season long with the same size.”
With the school summer holidays starting and forecasters predicting a heat wave, what better way for you and/or you kids to cool off from the summer sun than a skating session or Skate UK course!
For the little ones
Skate UK Tots is for under 5s who want to take part in a fun and structured six week ice skating course. No matter what their skating ability is, our Skate UK Tots summer course designed for youngsters can help them get comfortable and progress on the ice. Our NISA Qualified Coaches will take your little ones from learning to stand on the ice to fully fledged skaters! Skate UK Tots has four levels to progress through. Each of the six week courses will cost £35 and take place on Sunday 8.15-8.45am, the next course starts on Sunday 10 August 2014. So, whether you have some bored kids on your hands this summer or you want them to experience the fun of ice skating, this is the perfect activity for them!
This summer we also have Parent & Toddlers Sessions, details can be found here.
For those wanting to learn something new this summer
Skate UK courses for children and adults will begin week commencing 4 August 2014. Click here for all the details!
For everyone else
We’ll have skating sessions every day of the week throughout the summer! Take a break from the heat wave, chill out and get your skates on!
All Skate UK courses and sessions can be booked by calling 0843 373 3000 or pop in and book in person at Ticketing and Customer Services, National Ice Centre, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
If you’ve come to skate over the past few weeks you will have noticed that the Public Skating Rink has been closed for ice maintenance, and building works have been taking place.
We’re excited to announce that the Public Skating Rink will be back in action tonight for the 7:30pm Disco Public Skating session! Come on down and skate on brand new fresh ice!
The National Ice Centre would like to thank you for bearing with us during the building works and ice maintenance.
The Public Skating Rink has been closed for the past two weeks for ice maintenance. The team removed the ice and carried out essential work on the pipes under the rink and new ice was installed and painted. Check out all the photos here.