Municipal Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Portsmouth, Ohio

From mall operators to municipalities – more and more communities in the US offer Glice® synthetic ice rinks to their local populations as a unique and eco-friendly activity. Operating a Glice® rink is much more affordable than a conventional ice rink and especially for kids it’s easier to learn skating on it – plus, it’s fun and healthy!

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Glice Artificial Ice Rink in Sioux Falls, US as seen on KELOLAND News

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“The Glice® rink is actually made of a material which looks like ice, it feels like ice, but it’s not ice. It’s 100 percent ecological. It doesn’t need electricity and it’s a lot of fun,” said Glice co-founder Viktor Meier while visiting a recent installation in Sioux Falls. Watch the KELOLAND News clip to see more!

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New Star in Town: Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink in Hollywood

Right in the heart of Hollywood, in front of the famous Capitol Records Building, a Glice® artificial ice rink is now starring in a Hollywood winter fantasy!  The Californian climate isn’t really suited for conventional ice rinks, but the waterless zero-energy Glice® rink fits right in!

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Glice® Is Coming to Hollywood with an Artificial Ice Rink

Coming soon: entertainment with a twist – a Glice® artificial ice rink in Los Angeles! Stay tuned for updates on our guest appearance in the iconic Californian movie metropolis!

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Glice® Artificial Ice Rink at Brookfield Zoo in Chicago Covered by

The Brookfield Zoo in Chicago has just installed an artificial ice rink by Glice® to offer visitors an ecological ice skating experience that goes well with its preservation mission. Brookfield Zoo is the third zoo in the US to feature a Glice® rink, the other two being Columbus Zoo in Ohio and Detroit Zoo. Find the full article below as seen on To learn more about the sustainable Glice® technology, have a look here:

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New, Temporary Skating Rink Unveiled At Brookfield Zoo
The rink is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®– a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers.

BROOKFIELD, IL – Guests venturing out to Brookfield Zoo this winter can now lace up their ice skates. The Chicago Wolves and the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, are teaming up to unveil a new temporary addition to the zoo – a skating rink.

The zoo said the 40-foot x 80-foot rink is located on the zoo’s East Mall and will be open daily from noon to 4:30 p.m. for zoogoers starting Saturday, Nov. 3, and closing for the season Jan. 27, 2019. Throughout the zoo’s Holiday Magic festival, the rink will have extended hours from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with the Chicago Wolves to bring this exciting, new attraction to our guests,” CZS Chief Operating Officer Rich Gamble said in a release. “The skating rink will be a great addition to the variety of winter activities taking place at Brookfield Zoo this holiday season, including the annual Tree Trim event and Holiday Magic festival, and the inaugural Reindeer Run and Lights & Lagers.”

The zoo said the rink is made of a synthetic plastic known as Glice®– a material composed of heat-pressed layers of polymers – so no water or electricity is required for operation. Brookfield Zoo joins Detroit Zoo and Columbus Zoo as the only zoos in the country to install a Glice® rink.

“It’s an honor to team up with Brookfield Zoo to give people the chance to enjoy something new for the holidays,” Wolves President Mike Gordon said in a release. “We hope the opening of the Chicago Wolves Skating Rink marks the start of another must-do tradition for families throughout the Chicago area.”

The cost for unlimited time for all skaters on the rink is $7. A limited number of skates are available to rent for a $5 fee. Skaters are welcome to bring their own skates.

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Coming Soon: Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink at Ark Encounter in the US

Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky is a theme park revolving around a life-size model of Noah’s Ark – also aboard: a Glice® synthetic ice rink! Stay tuned for more updates!

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Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink Training Facility in the US Covered by

Atkinson’s ‘Battery Hockey’ facility aims to put a charge in training

Blue Jackets forward teams with local business owners to open high-tech training center for developing hockey players.

The idea for Columbus’ soon-to-be new hockey training facility, The Battery Hockey Academy, didn’t just materialize out of thin air.

It materialized in cool air, which just wasn’t cool enough to maintain an outdoor ice rink at Jason Ohlson’s office in New Albany.

“I used to have a big tanker truck come in and flood it,” said Ohlson, a hockey dad, owner of a local marketing firm and part-owner of The Battery Hockey Academy. “It’s only a couple hundred dollars’ worth of water, but it just sits there because it doesn’t get cold long enough to create any kind of reliable experience on it.”

Ohlson’s frustration was given a synthetic solution, called Glice, and that eventually spun off into plans for “The Battery” – a training facility for hockey players that plans to open in September at 8515 Rausch Dr., in Plain City.

“We’re solving a problem,” Ohlson said of the new venture, which is part-owned by Blue Jackets forward Cam Atkinson. “We’re not just selling an idea. It’s literally, ‘Here’s your solution,’ that the city needs. This is not a novelty. There’s nothing novel about this.”

Especially the synthetic ice, which was the initial solution for Ohlson’s melting rink. Ohlson learned about it from Matt Dickson, a local emergency-medicine doctor and another part-owner in the venture.

Dickson had a strip of Glice installed in his garage, for his sons to practice shooting pucks, and he remembered Ohlson’s soggy rink. Ohlson checked out the strip himself and soon contacted Glice’s North American representative – who just happens to be Dan Fritsche, a former Blue Jackets forward.

They discussed Ohlson’s outdoor rink, but the idea for The Battery Hockey Academy soon took over – forming as a collaboration of hockey dads, a local youth coach and Atkinson, who heard about initial plans during a charity dinner with Ohlson.

“I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time,” Atkinson said. “It was just trying to figure out how to do it with the right people. He started kind of talking about this with me, and it was spot on, because I was like, ‘I literally have the same vision of what I want to do, especially in Columbus, just knowing so many youth programs, high-school teams and professional athletes who come back in the summer and train here that need a facility like this – where it’s strictly a facility for hockey training purposes and where you can really zero-in on your hockey skills and development.”


The Battery Hockey Academy is housed in a warehouse that was once used to construct 50-caliber bullets for the U.S. military. Its large open space was perfect for how its new owners planned to use it.

Inside, will be a 75-foot by 55-foot studio ice rink for individual and team instruction, along with a 60-by-60 synthetic Glice rink to be used for stations focused on stickhandling, shooting, body positioning and even body-checking.

There will be a room to hold team video breakdowns, a state-of-the art weight room for off-ice training and even a kitchen for teams that might want to host meals there. Open to all ages, the main attraction is a circuit-training course using hockey skills, designed specifically to help individual players improve their skills.

Instruction will be handled by a roster of coaches assembled by Joey Nahay, director of hockey for the Capital Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA), who will lead instruction and is another part-owner.

“I looked at it like, ‘I’m going to solve a problem and I’m going to be first to market, best to market, and we’re going to develop a circuit-style training environment,'” Ohlson said. “So, if a kid comes to us and he’s 8-years old or he’s 18-years old, you’re going to come in and go through the ‘Battery’s circuit: 20 minutes on the ice, then 20 minutes over to the Glice and stickhandling and positioning and body checking and all that, and then another space where you get rotated over to the shooting area. You could also use the skating studio.

It will be a unique experience, to say the least.

“You’ll find something like this in Pittsburgh, you’ll find something like this in Chicago and you’ll find something like this in Minnesota,” Ohlson said. “You’re just not going to find it anywhere in Ohio.”

At least, not until August.

The plan is to hit the ice in stride about a month from now, after the Glice rink is installed, the studio rink is finished and the weight room is complete. The Columbus hockey community is already buzzing, according to Atkinson, who said some of his Blue Jackets teammates are fired up too.

“I just saw [Zach Werenski] and [Seth Jones], guys that were just in town recently, and they’re so excited that when they come back, they’re going to be able to come up to a facility like this,” said Atkinson, who plans to train at “The Battery” throughout the year. “You’re going to be like a kid in a candy store if you’re a hockey player. It’s just going to be hockey all day, every day.”

It should fit right in the local hockey scene, considering the growth in popularity of the sport in Columbus. Atkinson has witnessed that growth the past seven years, since making his NHL debut in 2011, and his goal is to fan the flame.

He’s since gotten married, bought a house, signed a long-term contract extension and is set to become a father for the first time within a matter of weeks. Fostering the local hockey scene is high on his personal agenda.

“That was one of the main reasons why I wanted to start this, as well, because my wife and I are having a baby at the end of this month and we just bought a house in Upper Arlington, and we plan on being here full-time in the summers and training here in the summers, and starting our family here,” Atkinson told “We love it in Columbus. There’s also so many young hockey players here, who not only want to get better and improve their skills and make it to high-school hockey, AAA programs, college and then hopefully, one day, realize their dreams to make it to the professional ranks. It was a no-brainer for this to happen.”

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One of Arizona’s Finest Neighborhoods Is the New Home of a Glice® Synthetic Ice Rink

An ice rink isn’t exactly what you would associate with a garden underneath the Arizonan desert sun. But Glice® synthetic ice is always good for a surprise! A father from Paradise Valley, one of Arizona’s top residential areas, recently had a Glice® synthetic ice rink installed for his son and friends. They are being coached on the home rink, which is the biggest of its kind in Arizona. From now on the training sessions conveniently take place right at home and at any time, which helps the kids to practice their hockey skills much more intensely.

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Glice® Synthethic Ice Rink article in American Business Magazine

Made from athletes for athletes Glice® synthetic ice rinks are the leading product in the marketplace – but the climb towards the zenith was steep and met by a harsh headwind at first. The company history and the organizational culture behind Glice® are just as unconventional as the product itself: ice that isn’t ice. Read the full story, published in the US media outlet Home Business Magazine, below. Find more information about Glice® synthetic ice rinks here:

Swiss Startup Produces Ice That Isn’t Ice

The Next Ice Age Is Green: Conquering an Analog Market in a Digital World

In times of Silicon Valley startups rise from the hotbed of an unprecedented entrepreneurial spring in numbers that are unheard of. But which sprouts make the highly competitive race towards the sunny success at the end of the day? Glice, a young startup from Switzerland made its way to the market zenith for ecological ice rinks within merely 5 years and recently installed the world’s largest artificial rink in Azerbaijan; even president Aliyev wouldn’t miss the inauguration. Yet the management stays humble: “Glice isn’t a company that thinks to know everything already. We keep our eyes and ears open to connect with people who are more competent in their areas of expertise,” says CEO and Co-Founder Viktor Meier. His business-baby was born out of a lazy TV afternoon in 2012. Back then Meier’s entrepreneurial spirit was caged in by an uninspired office job that didn’t resemble any of the youthful dreams the Swiss innovator had in mind. Armed with nothing but a backpack he had previously traveled the world for years and settled in the US to learn marketing tricks and startup dynamics. Back home in Switzerland, a 9 to 5 career lured with the comforting security of monthly paychecks, but offered no space for adventurous entrepreneurship.

When Meier saw a BBC documentary on Toni Vera, a former Spanish ice hockey pro, who experimented with artificial ice, his office-cell couldn’t hold him any longer. He called Vera and shortly thereafter the two teamed up with their athletic and marketing expertise. Glice was born, but as with so many startups it wasn’t an easy delivery to the market world: Because the brilliant idea – artificial ice rinks that are green, cheap and climate-independent – didn’t resonate at all with traditional ice hockey nations such as Switzerland, Germany and the US. The existing synthetic ice simply didn’t impress professional athletes, who thought it no serious alternative to real ice. Together with a team of scientists and engineers Meier and Vera had to come up with a whole new molecular technology, which eventually made the quantum leap into the athletic realm. NHL legend Cliff Ronning was the first professional ice hockey player who realized the potential of the novel ice that wasn’t ice and installed several artificial rinks in his Northern American elite centers. With the new Glice formula synthetic ice rinks were suddenly up to the challenge of competing with their conventional icy cousins, at a fraction of the maintenance and ecological costs involved: The artificial alternative makes the vast amounts of water and electricity involved with the operation of traditional ice rinks superfluous and allows for installations even in the least expected corners of the world. As a professional ice hockey player from sunny Spain, Vera knew just too well what scarcity ice rinks in warmer climate zones are.

With the success among professional athletes came the attention of the leisure industry and the quick market-rise made up for the initial steep and difficult ascent of Glice ice. By now the Swiss team has installed synthetic ice rinks in more than 70 countries on 5 continents, among others in African desert lands like Egypt and famous clients include brands like Coca Cola and Red Bull. Installations vary largely in size and range from the latest 2230 m2 giant in the heart of Azerbaijan’s lively capital Baku to tiny installations in private gardens, garages and basements. Other venues encompass hotels such as the Venetian in Macao and the Jumeirah in the Maldives as well as malls; even during the Olympic Games 2016 in Brazil a Glice rink made its appearance and welcomed the Brazilian national ice hockey team.

To keep up with its own global success, the small startup has developed a truly unique organizational culture: Glice leverages the potential of individuals who feel like entrepreneurs within the company rather than employees. Team members work from their place of choice according to personal goals and schedules, measured along commitment, not working hours – a healthy work-life balance is key and vacations are taken at any desired time. “Everybody can identify with this highly motivating concept, “says Meier. “Oftentimes I even have to tell people to take a vacation.”

No wonder, considering that the CEO himself spends several months a year traveling the world, blending business with leisure. The networking associated with globally scattered team members and local partners takes place in a cloud, where information is exchanged in real time. The digital world with its near limitless opportunities is also at the heart of Glice’s marketing: to adapt to this fast-paced realm and devise strategies, yielding the full internet potential, has been a key driver for the success of the Swiss company with its analog product. Powered by a mix of clever advertising and a versatile social media engine operating across many platforms, Glice generates new client-leads every day.

Acquiring freelancing talent from outside the company is another core strategy for Glice: “We don’t ask what we should do and who we should hire – suddenly somebody crosses our path and we see how that person’s talents suit us and can help us grow. This is not a Business School or the army; our approach is more organic, less planned through,” explains Meier. Furthermore Glice likes to blur and erase the borders with other companies. Innovative collaborations with organizations that are more knowledgeable in a certain field trump competitiveness. The vision is to forge teams across organizations and stay flexible in ever more rapidly changing markets.

There might not be one equation that shows how startups can seize the market lead in such fast-paced and shifting environments; but Glice has certainly found its personal formula to success and it is characterized by open-mindedness, humbleness, creative problem-solving and the willingness to revolt against common notions. The innovative idea of synthetic ice just wasn’t enough and needed to undergo a technological revolution first to keep up with its naturally gliding icy rival. And once a truly unique product was born, it took more than the classic organizational hierarchy to market and distribute the artificial ice. Yet, Glice not only accepted the challenge and persevered, but set its course to take advantage of the tailwind provided by the hasty market environments of our era.

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