The Telford Ice Rink has now closed until later this year while it undergoes a £4m refurbishment.
Although the refurbishment is a boost to ice sports in Telford it does mean the Tigers ice hockey team are in a race to be ready for the EPL season. Telford & Wrekin Council say it anticipates that the rink would reopen in October but with EPL fixtures due to start in mid september it could be a tight turn around.
The Tigers, who have just signed Elite League youngsters Tim Burrows and Steve Chalmers, may be forced to start the season on the road or switch home games until the work is finished. It will be a blow for the Tigers to not be able to use their own rink until the season has started. Tom Watkins men finished bottom of the league table last season but have boosted their squad in the early part of the closed season as they look to make the playoffs.
A temporary synthetic skating facility, taking 50 people at a time, is due to open in Southwater Square in the town from 7 June until mid September.