Cambridge Ice Arena Construction Update

It’s been quite an eventful time on site since the ground-breaking ceremony in November last year.

Only 2 days from completing the reduced level dig when a piece of unexploded ordinance was hit.   Turned out to be a SIP grenade – a milk bottle-type devise used by the Home Guard in WWII as an incendiary device.

After the Army disposed of the immediate risk the specialist contractor cleared the affected area. Now, in the second week of the New Year and another 193 SIPs later, the dig can start again in earnest.

Let’s hope this is the last delaying event. Every effort will now be made to get back on track for the opening this autumn.

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Two decades in the making, the Cambridge Ice Arena is now a reality.

Located adjacent to the Newmarket Road Park ‘n Ride, just three miles from the city centre, the venue will be accessible to all.

This website gives you the chance to get involved. Let us know if there are any activities or training and development programmes that you would like to see provided.

For all the latest news, please visit the Progress section.

What the Cambridge Ice Arena Will Bring

Central Location

Located on a site just three miles from the city centre with excellent transport links.

Green Design

Leading-edge tech. Sustainable materials. Short building program.

The Cambridge Ice Arena is a community-led initiative.

The venue will incorporate the very latest advances in design and technology so you can enjoy world-class facilities regardless of whether you are training, competing, spending time on the ice or spectating. The ice rink will provide a home for local and university teams as well as offering a range of activities for users of all ages and abilities that includes ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating and more.


Play on a full-size pad in front of up to 600 spectators.


Designed for figure skating, ice hockey, speed skating and curling.


Space for up to 500 skaters at any one time.


Column-free sight lines, a cafe and an entertainment area.