The Eccles Ice Center was built after a seven-year effort to raise 100% of the funding needed to complete the construction. This facility exists because generous families, businesses, governmental entities and private foundations throughout Utah donated to the cause. The facility opened January 1, 2002 as the first-ever indoor, year round ice surface in this region. It serves customers in northern Utah, southern Idaho and western Wyoming.
The legacy of the 2002 Salt Lake City, Utah Winter Olympic Games continues to live on at the George S. Eccles Ice Center. The Eccles Ice Center earnestly strives to build on this extraordinary legacy each year by fulfilling its mission which is to maintain an exceptional ice facility by providing wholesome family skating, educational activities and programs, and staffing to meet the needs of the public. In order to better serve the community, special attention is given to the development and effectiveness of the programs that are offered by the Ice Center. In addition, the Eccles Ice Center always welcomes visiting coaches and athletes to bring their knowledge and expertise to Cache Valley to benefit local ice sport athletes. Consequently, each year this facility continues to increase program participation in areas of recreational and competitive ice skating, hockey, and curling while simultaneously improving the quality of life for all Ice Center patrons
Cost of the facility: $4.5 million
Square footage: 60,000
Ice surface: 100’ X 200’ (or 30m X 60m) also known as international or Olympic size.
The ice can be covered with a temporary floor in less than 2 hours to accommodate other events.
Ice equipment: Two genuine Zamboni Ice Resurfacing machines are operated by trained drivers to resurface the ice between sessions. The ice plant consists of two reciprocating 100hp Vilter compressors which chill 600 lbs of ammonia refrigerant. Chilled brine is circulated through 11 miles of piping under the ice surface. Beneath the ice surface is a heat floor maintained at 48 degrees to prevent permafrost.