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Outdoor rink opens at Centene Community Ice Center

"We have been looking forward to this day for quite a long time,” said assistant general manager Brandon Schultz.

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. — The newest and most anticipated sheet of ice in St. Louis opened Friday night.

The Centene Community Ice Center’s outdoor rink held its first public skate.

"We have been looking forward to this day for quite a long time,” assistant general manager Brandon Schultz said.

The indoor rinks and Blues practice facility opened back in September. Earlier plans to build the center in Creve Coeur Lake Memorial Park were scrapped over environmental concerns.

"This has gotta be the most sought-after ice arena in the country,” Schultz said.

While hockey is center ice, everyone – and all skill levels – are welcome to the public skates.

The outdoor rink will host public skates again Saturday from 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m. and from 7–9 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m.–2 p.m.

The outdoor area is still under construction, but management plans to add a fire pit and even a Christmas tree.

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