Durban’s original ice rink used to flourish as part of the city’s entertainment scene but went out of business following a sharp fall in interest.
Prior to closure, the ice rink played host to skating opportunities for families, but moreover, ice shows, ice hockey and figure skating all took place at the Olympic-sized complex.
However, Durban is set to fall in love with ice-based sports all over again following local businessman, Sastri Ramiah’s investment into the facility, with an official launch ceremony set to take place in three months’ time.
News of Durban ice rinks’ redevelopment isn’t anything new for city natives however, with a sales agreement dating back to 2008 documenting that any new ownership would need to include a plan to revitalise the old rink to its former splendour.
The redevelopment of the 1955-constructed facility is set for completion before Christmas; perfect timing for families and those on personalised holidays to South Africa to embrace the true spirit of Christmas.
With the official website billing the new-fangled facility as the ‘coolest place to be’, the location of the facility is also imperative to the complexes’ long-term vision.
Speaking on behalf of the eThekwini municipality, Thabo Mofokeng noted “The ice rink is in a strategic location.
“It is close to the beachfront and areas like the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The aim is to develop this into a world-class sporting precinct, offering an array of sports.”