The TGH IcePlex of Tampa, Florida
When one thinks of Florida, often a sunny, humid environment comes to mind. The sand, surf, and swaying palm trees come to symbolize the Sunshine State. But what many people do not realize is that within the warm mix of tropical culture, Florida boasts a one-of-a-kind ice rink that not only provides a great sporting experience but has become a beloved fixture in the local community - the TGH IcePlex of Tampa.
Located in the Oldsmar, Florida area, the TGH IcePlex has been offering locals and visitors alike a unique polar activity since 2004. The nearly 200,000-square-foot facility houses two NHL-sized ice sheets, a specialized recreational area, an expansive multi-purpose space, a parking area, and an enclosed courtyard. Whether professional athletes, youth clubs, or folks just looking to beat the Florida heat, the TGH IcePlex offers something for everyone. The ice rinks have been the highlight of TGH IcePlex, hosting state-wide and regional hockey tournaments, public skating sessions, and figure skating events. The rinks are the largest of their kind in the state and offer a full range of services from equipment rental to lessons and day camps. Pro athletes from across the globe have used the rinks to stay sharp during their off-season and to practice for upcoming matches. Professional photographer Matthew Boyd captured this sentiment with a stunning portrait of Lightning Star Steven Stamkos skating on the IcePlex ice rink. "The shot captures the beauty of the venue, as well as the grace and agility of an elite athlete," states Boyd.