Downtown SLO Roller Skating Rink: How to Get Tickets

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Participants skate at Skate Mission Plaza in downtown SLO on opening day

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The closest roller rink to the town of San Luis Obispo is about 40 minutes away, that is, until a pop-up rink comes to Mission Plaza.

There’s still one week left for the Skate Mission Plaza, hosted by the City of SLO and the nonprofit Downtown SLO, according to its press release.

The rink was installed on May 6 and will be open until May 22, offering music, disco balls and rental skates included in the price of the admission ticket.

According to a press release, the 1980s-themed rink’s opening night was attended by skaters of all ages. The night was full of themed outfits and music, with guest DJ Adam Montiel of Krush 92.5.

The event was promoted by The SLORoll, a non-profit organization “dedicated to uplifting our community through creativity, roller skating culture and physical activity”.

Terrance Brown, the founder of SB Rollers in Santa Barbara, visited the pop-up rink the first weekend it opened after hearing about it from The SLORoll.

Brown dated his brother, sister-in-law and their children.

“My brother, he just got back from a deployment in the military – six months,” Brown said. “So I was like, man, once you come here to Santa Barbara, we gotta take a ride.”

Brown said he started roller skating when he fell in “a dark place” during the COVID-19 lockdown. His mother was the first to suggest taking up a skating hobby.

“It was one of the good things that happened along the way,” Brown said. “I know a lot of people were kind of tied to the same sentiment as me. So I was like, if I can change, you know, the lives of two people…those two people will say two more, and so on. And it became a big community.

The rink was installed by All Year Sports Galaxy, a company that installs pop-up rinks across the country. The company was founded by Ukrainian Olympian Vadim Slivchenko, according to a press release.

Employee Artur Butov, who worked at the rink, said the business started in West Virginia but expanded to the West Coast. A student at the University of West Virginia, Butov said each employee knew Slivchenko or his son personally.

Local parent Christy Nosti skated with her kids at the San Luis Obispo Rink on opening day. She says they will come back.

“I took my kids to opening day, and they can’t stop talking about it,” Nosti said in the press release.

San Luis Obispo City Councilman Andy Pease also pulled over, according to the statement.

“It was so much fun to skate at Mission Plaza and see (activity in) this beloved family-friendly public space,” Pease said in the statement. “The City of San Luis Obispo is proud to support activities like these to invite people to enjoy our downtown and support our businesses.”

How to get tickets for the pop-up ice rink

Tickets are available on the Downtown SLO website and must be purchased in advance. Skaters will be admitted with tickets online through EventBrite.

Each skate session lasts one hour. An adult ticket is $20 per hour and tickets for children under 12 are $10 per hour.

In addition to the regular sessions, thematic evenings will continue throughout this last week. SLO REP will perform parts of their upcoming production of Xanadu on Thursday, while Friday is set to be a 1970s theme.

Skating will take place on the following days and times:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 3-7 p.m.
  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sunday: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

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Roller skating at Mission Plaza in downtown San Luis Obispo on May 7. Catherine Allen [email protected]

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Catherine Allen is a reporting intern at the San Luis Obispo Tribune and covers breaking news and affairs. She is a second-year journalism major at Cal Poly.

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