The Carolina Ice Palace in Charleston, SC
7665 Northwoods Blvd.
North Charleston, SC 29406
HockeyCat Rink Information - Carolina Ice Palace - Charleston, SC
Amenities: The Carolina Ice Palace in Charleston, SC is one of the best facilites for hockey families in the Carolinas. It is certainly one of the best facilities that I have ever set foot in. It includes a full-size arcade, excellent viewing areas, party rooms, seating for spectators, about 5,000 square feet of a fully-stocked pro shop and a restaurant with an ABC license. Oh yeah, it also has two spectacular rinks.
Locker Rooms: The 8 player locker rooms in the Carolina Ice Palace have showers in between them and are heated. There is also a separate referee locker room and a women's locker room.
Seating: The Carolina Ice Palace has by far the best arrangement in the Carolinas. It uses metal bleachers and in its larger rink can handle a decent sized tournament crowd without any major issues.
Ice: The Carolina Ice Palace ice surfaces are in line with the overall facility and were excellently painted and the boards are well-maintained.
Cleanliness: The facilities at the Carolina Ice Palace are well-maintained. There are no off-odors, mildew smells or anything else. In fact, the floors were perfect, the snack bar area was excellent and even the extensive bleachers were gleaming. This facility sets the standard for cleanliness in the Carolinas and while I haven't been everywhere in the country, I cannot recall any place this nice that calls itself an ice rink. Obviously, General Manager Wayne Stella takes the "Palace" in the name to heart. From its large TVs to immaculate and unique restaurant, there is a sense of pride and attention to detail that distinguishes this facility from the crowd.
Pro Shop: The Carolina Ice Palace Pro Shop is better than most private stores. It rivals some of the stores that I have been to in Canada and the prices are quite reasonable. If you break a composite stick or decide you need a new pair of skates it is a good bet that they will have what you are looking for.
Overall: The Carolina Ice Palace is a five paw facility in every way imaginable. It aspires to be a destination and it succeeds. It is the kind of place where you can feel comfortable dropping your teenagers off on a Friday Night and the second floor offers excellent views of both rinks and the arcade. Bathrooms were clean and well-maintained.
Directions: They are right off the highway tucked into a shopping center with plenty of hotels within a short drive or walking distance.
Take I-26 East to Charleston (Exit 209 Ashley Phosphate Road.). Turn left off of exit to first traffic light (McDonalds). Turn left on to Ashley Phosphate Road. Go to first traffic light over bridge (Taco Bell). Turn left onto Northwoods Blvd. Go approximately 1/4 mile. The Carolina Ice Palace is on the left.
I-26 (West): Take I-26 West Columbia
(Exit 209 Ashley Phosphate Road). Go straight through
light off of the exit onto Northwoods Blvd. Go
approximately 1/4 mile. The Carolina Ice Palace is on the
Leagues : Men's - A, B and C and 35+
Youth - House, Travel - Charleston Youth Hockey
College - The Citadel
Pro - Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
HockeyCat Rating: 5 paws (out of 5)
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