THE ARENA IS IN THE SAME BUILDING WHERE ORBIT SKATE CENTER OPERATED FOR 46 YEARS UNTIL CLOSING IN MARCH.
Orbit Skate Center’s 46 years as a roller rink in Palatine aren’t forgotten in a building where a grand-opening bash will be held Saturday for its new life as an ice arena owned by a top-tier youth hockey organization.
Visitors will see how part of the wooden roller rink was repurposed for the bar and tables in the restaurant area of the Chicago Young Americans’ Orbit Ice Arena. Other reminders of the roller days also remain, such as the Orbit Skate Center sign on the building’s wall fronting Consumers Avenue across the street from Arlington Park racecourse.
CYA U15 AAA team kicks off each home game at their new home rink ,Orbit Ice, with a light show. Our very own team manager Tom Maiorca volunteers his talent and sings the US National Anthem at the opening of every home game.