NLA to unveil new Glow-Skating

ALPENA – The Northern Lights Arena are ready to unveil its new Glow-Skating offering on March 2. The new event will allow skaters to enjoy open skating, but with black lighting, disco balls and music.

Arena Manager Meg Richey said the purchase of the needed gear to hold such an event was made possible by public donations. She said as word has spread people are getting excited to skate with everything glowing around them.

“The people are so excited and the idea has been well received so far,” Richey said. “We got a huge response from the community for the donations to support the event and I think this is going to be something that will work well at the arena, not only In the winter, but in the spring and especially the summer.”

The initial glow-skate will be free, with $2 skate rental. People can also bring their own skates. Richey said the Alpena Regional Medical Center Medical Group Pediatric Associates have sponsored the first event and it is possible other sponsors may come forward to cover the cost of others. She said future skates will only be $5 if they aren’t free. Richey said there will also be coupons and other means to help make the event more affordable for all.

The idea of using black lights for entertainment isn’t new and some events, such as glow bowling and glow dances and workouts are very popular. Richey said she is confident the NLA will be able to find other uses for the lights as well.

“We want to be creative in now we use them,” Richey said. “We could have dances, or turbo workouts or maybe glow curling. There are definitely other things we can look into that I think we can make popular attractions at the rink.”

Richey said the concession stand will be open for the event, which begins at and concludes at 6 p.m. She said the glow-skate will be a good way for families to spend time together, or for friends to have fun and exercise at the same time.

“People can dress in the bright neon cloths and come out and enjoy a ton of different lights, a ton of music and have a blast. I think the kids are going to love it, but I think it will be a hit with the adults as well.”

Ticket and more information are available at the rink’s website

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