Tickets for each game are $10 for children aged 3-14, $22.50 for adults, and $18 concession. Family passes are also available. There is a great atmosphere at the Icehouse during games, and it is a unique family outing if you have never been to a hockey game before.
To celebrate the 2015 season, the Medibank Icehouse is offering a special deal: all AIHL spectators can have a FREE ice skate before the first game on April 25! This is valued at $21 for adults, and $17 for kids.
There are 115 games this season, and each of the Melbourne teams have 14 home games at the Icehouse. Click here for 2015 Schedule. Tickets are available for purchase for the whole season now. Games are very popular, and often sellout, so make sure you get your tickets soon to avoid disappointment!
A brief history of ice hockey in Australia For the uninitiated, ice hockey is a fast-paced contact sport played on an ice rink. There are six players on each side, including the goalie. The aim of the game is to score the most goals by getting the puck into the goal net, past the opposition goalie. It's much harder than it sounds! The game is split into 3 x 20 minute periods. Hockey is a great spectator sport for enthusiasts, and newbies alike.
There are 8 teams in the AIHL, and the Icehouse is home to 2 of the teams: Melbourne Mustangs and Melbourne Ice. The Icehouse is Australia's biggest and best ice rink. It features two Olympic-sized ice rinks, stadium seating for 1000 people, a cafe, a bar, as well as a specialist winter sports gym.
The Icehouse is home to Melbourne Mustangs and Melbourne Ice. Image courtesy of www.icehouse.com.au
The Mustangs were the AIHL Champions in 2014, winning the coveted Goodall Cup. (Fun fact: Ice Hockey has a surprisingly long history in Australia - the Goodall Cup has been competed for annually since 1909!)
Will the Mustangs go back to back this year? Or will they hand the Cup over to a challenger?
The popularity of ice hockey is growing rapidly in Australia, both for spectators and players. The Icehouse offers lots of introductory training programs and drop-in matches for all ages and skill levels. See website for details if you're interested.