It looks like NCR finally has a professional ice-skating rink.. In the past, I did see one at Mathura road (which closed down) but the quality was seriously lacking..
This one is real and professionally run..
the strong points:
1) really good rink, good quality skates, and they maintain it well.. They have some sort of a machine that is run between sessions to ensure that the surface is smooth at the start of the session.. By the end of the session, there are minor abrasions but overall it still remains a very good surface
2) overall ambience: they have tried to create a fun ambience there.. at least while it is new, everything looks classy -- the intro message on safety is neat, the music is reasonable, lighting is not over the top..
3) staff: they have put enough staff in there to handle the load.. the same set of people double up as ice marshals as well as collecting/handing off ice skates at the start of the sessions.. the concept of ice marshals is a neat one -- allows novices to get some basic tips.. helping them get up when they fall.. I am not an expert on the topic but most people can make the observation: when a session starts, there are hardly any people who can skate.. when the session ends, 90% of people are skating reasonably well -- no figure skating but at least they can balance and skate faster than walking.. I think this is possible because of this ice marshal model..
Finally, the cons (on why it is not a 5 star)
1) The price is high -- but again, they are spending money.. So, maybe it is a price that you have to pay for the quality..
2) The crowd -- we went on a friday afternoon and the rink got somewhat crowded.. if they had allowed any more people, it would not have been fun.. I don't know if they sell limited tickets but it did not look like the case.. So, if they allow more people on weekends, it can become fairly congested.. Ideally, I would have liked them to place a limit on the number of tickets sold -- and if they already have one, than a lower limit..
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