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Checkers, CRVA host free skating at Bojangles’ Coliseum

A Public Skate is being held Tuesday so the public can see renovations made to the Charlotte Checkers’ home rink at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The completed renovations came in time for the Charlotte Checkers season home opener on Saturday, Nov. 7 against the Manitoba Moose.
A Public Skate is being held Tuesday so the public can see renovations made to the Charlotte Checkers’ home rink at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The completed renovations came in time for the Charlotte Checkers season home opener on Saturday, Nov. 7 against the Manitoba Moose. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

The public is invited to visit Bojangles’ Coliseum and skate for free on the Charlotte Checkers’ ice Tuesday, Nov. 10, as part of a publicity event to show off $16 million in upgrades made this summer to the site.

Skating will be allowed from 7 to 9 p.m., and a limited number of skate rentals will be available at $5 per person for fans who don’t have skates of their own.

The site, built in 1955, is once again home to the Charlotte Checkers, who spent the past decade based at Time Warner Cable Arena. The team, which is Charlotte’s oldest professional sports team, is sponsoring the free Public Skate, along with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority, which manages the building.

Open skates at the venue had been a long-time tradition over the course of its 60-year history, but were less common after the Checkers made their move to Time Warner Cable Arena, officials said.

The event is one of the first opportunities the Charlotte community will have to experience the first phase of enhancements at the historic landmark. Improvements include a new scoreboard, seats, lighting, sound system, locker rooms and refreshed concession areas. Concessions and merchandise will be available for purchase during the event.

Season tickets for the Checkers are available at 704-342-4423 or gocheckers.com.

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