Following heated debates over the future of the dollar-hemmoraging municipal ice rink, the 2008-2009 season opening of Montclair’s Clary Anderson Arena is right on schedule to open tomorrow. Ohio-based United Skates of America, who won a management contract for the rink, put a fresh look on the arena interior, and its staff. From The Star Ledger:
The employees, too, will be looking crisp, with uniforms consisting of a staff shirt, black pants (no jeans) and name badges. In the main office, a United Skates handout for employees also notes that any tattoos must be covered and that earrings are prohibited on men.
The price of admission and the like are to remain “approximately” the same, [United Skates V-P Phil] De Angelo said. “It’s basically the same, dollar for dollar.” That means the cost of a lesson will include the cost of a skate rental, rather than it being an add-on. “Rather than nickel and dime-ing,” he said.
The bigger upgrade to the arena, opened in 1966, won’t come until next year, when — unrelated to the United Skates management — the facility is to undergo a physical makeover financed in part by the family of the late New Jersey Devils owner John J. McMullen
To De Angelo, an all-season arena would be a revenue enhancer if Montclair goes that route. At the Woodbridge rink, he said, the income is $200,000 a month in the summer.
United Skates hopes to find a corporate sponsor of the rink’s zamboni – which could bring big bucks to the arena.