Downtown Ice’s long skating season ends

Smoke and rain couldn’t keep 52,000-plus from skating at Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, presented by Alaska Airlines in partnership with Swenson during the 2018-19 season.

The season included stints as Championship Ice Jan. 3-7 for the College Football Playoff game won by Clemson, and NHL Ice for the rink’s closing week ending Jan. 27.

Being a major part of the special events and extended 13 days, the rink accomplished its third highest skater volume in its 25-year history.  Attendance was hampered by four days of smoky conditions in November and 15 rain-impacted days.  Still, 11 days exceeded 1,500 skaters in a single day.

Thanks go out to the roster of A-list sponsors, including presenting sponsors Alaska Airlines and Swenson:  College Football Championships, Bay Area Host Committee, San Jose Sports Authority, PG&E, Adobe, Google, Amazon, Wells Fargo, City of San Jose Environmental Services, Cricket Wireless, Ernst & Young, Jay Paul Company, Martinelli’s, The Sobrato Organization and Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation.

Also, Fairfield Residential, Farm Fresh to You, Acquity Realty, Bird, Blue Waters Marketing, Core Companies, Jeppesen, Pinger, San Jose Theaters, Department of Community Energy, Alliance Credit Union and CEFCU.

Sponsors providing valuable “in-kind” services include Signet Media, Café Too!, Bay Area Hockey and Repair, Fairmont San Jose, Hotel Clariana, multiple media partners such as The Mercury News, Bay Area News Group, NBC Bay Area, Telemundo 48, El Observador, SV Community Newspapers, Content Magazine, M Magazine, Bay Area Parent, KQED, Mix 106.5 and K-BAY 94.5, plus VTA and Capital Corridor.