Ice time at your local rink can be hard to find. Sometimes, due to programming, your chance to hop on a fresh sheet with your buddies is only available in the wee hours of the morning or very, very late at night.
Everyone plunks down his or her money to cover the cost for an hour's rental; and before you know it, an hour has passed and you're getting kicked off by the cranky rink attendant.
If you're in the mood to get away from the Zamboni fumes and stale coffee, and will be in the Boston area this December, then maybe renting out the Winter Classic rink at Fenway Park will be a nice change of pace, no?
That is, of course, if you're willing to sell a kidney or two.
"That one-hour ice rental at a local rink in and around Boston typically would cost upward of $300. At Fenway, the going rate will be $7,500 or $10,000 for each one-hour session. That is not a typo. The going rate will be as high as 33 times more than what a prime-time hour would cost at one of the area's better rinks. And according to Sam Kennedy, executive vice president and COO of the Red Sox as well as president of Fenway Sports Group, there has been no shortage of folks lining up to reserve the time."
Kennedy goes on to say the exorbitant rental fees do not equal the Red Sox making a killing on selling ice time, as Dupont reports that the NHL will charge Fenway Park $16,000 a day when the rink will be used for "entertaining and marketing purposes."
One of those "entertaining" purposes will be for open skates to the public, likely the only chance Joe Hockey Fan will get to skate on the same ice that the Philadelphia Flyers and Boston Bruins will play on come Jan. 1, as well as the Hockey East doubleheader a week later.
The rental fees are striking a nerve with local hockey programs and beer-leaguers who would be interested in shelling out a bit more for a chance to skate at Fenway, but after doing the math realized that "a bit more" is just too costly.
Kennedy, in an attempt to relate to Joe Hockey Fan, sympathized with those who can't afford the rental fees, but stated the clear goal of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity:
"I can tell you that the interest [in one-hour rentals] has been overwhelming,'' said Kennedy. "The price has not been a deterrent whatsoever. Hey, I still play beer-league hockey, so I hear you loud and clear over how some people might compare these prices. But this is geared, really, to our corporate base."
Thousands of beer leaguers just channeled their inner Billy Walsh and shouted, "Suits suck!"