The Bay County Civic Arena is a state of the art facility offering two ice surfaces year round. An Olympic sized ice surface (100’ x 200’) and NHL sized ice surface (85’ x 200’) provide opportunities for hockey, figure, speed, and open skating. The quality of the ice is world renowned, having established world, national, and state record speed times in short track speed skating. The facility also offers concessions, an arcade area, pro shop and nine locker rooms. A community room can seat up to 40 people comfortably for birthday parties and other special events like wedding showers.
Working in partnership with the Bay County Hockey Association, the arena offers year round hockey programming for youth of all ages. The Bay County Civic Arena is home to the Bay Area Thunder, Bay City Wolves, and The Tri City Icehawks (Junior Team). SK8 Bay Figure Skating Club offers lessons and advanced instruction. Learn to Skate and Learn to Play Hockey programs are also offered for all ages year round.
Public Skating sessions are offered daily throughout the year. Noon skate is an excellent opportunity to workout on your lunch hour. An adults only skate held on Friday morning offers social and recreational activities for those age 18 and above. Friday and Saturday night skates are perfect for middle school children looking for a fun activity with their friends. Saturday and Sunday afternoon skates are perfect for the whole family. Special theme skates are held periodically including the Halloween Scary Skate. These events and many evening sessions feature music, special lighting effects, contests and prizes.
The arena pro shop offers a variety of everyday and hard to find skating merchandise, including hockey sticks, shafts, and blades. It also offers services such as skate repair and sharpening. A concession area offers tasty snacks and beverages to enjoy during the many special events and skating sessions. An arcade area is also available.
The Bay County Civic Arena has a 20,000 square foot Dry Floor surface in order to host a variety of events, such as concerts, auto/boat/rv shows and trade shows, etc. For information on availability and pricing, please call Tara at (989) 671-1000 ext. 105.
The Civic Arena is generally open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Note that these times may vary with special events and the season.