Ice skating canceled at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi

One of the most popular winter events on the Mississippi coast is halted just before the New Year’s holiday weekend due to equipment malfunction.

The Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center has canceled ice skating through the end of the season, which is Sunday. This includes the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day time slots.

Brandon Cuevas, special events marketing manager for the Coast Coliseum, said in a press release late Thursday that the Zamboni machine used to resurface the ice broke. The Seawolves hosted a sold-out hockey game on the rink Thursday night.

“We are unable to fix it and can no longer provide safe ice to skate on,” Cuevas said in the statement. “We are incredibly sorry for any inconvenience. This is not how we wanted to end this year’s season.

Cuevas said the Coast Coliseum will offer ice skating to the public for the 2022 winter season.

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JOHN FITZHUGH/SUN HERALD Alyssa Richardson, 12, of Waveland falls while skating with McKenzie Favre, 11, of Bay St. Louis and Payton Rayborn, 11, of Waveband at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi on Sunday January 3 2015 JOHN FITZHUGH HERALD OF THE SUN

Justin Mitchell is the Sun Herald’s Senior News Editor and works on McClatchy’s Audience Engagement and Development team. It also reports on LGBTQ issues in the Deep South, with a particular focus on Mississippi.

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