Sports Basement will open in the former Berkeley Iceland location on Tuesday next week, 10 days later than originally forecast. It will follow with a “Grandish Snowpening” on Saturday, Nov.15, when Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates will officially cut the ribbon on the new retail store in the 71,862-square-foot building at 2727 Milvia St.
The historic ice skating rink has been renovated with the intent of preserving the look and feel of the original Berkeley Iceland. Structural updates include a new roof and floor, new walls on the north and south sides of the building, and the addition of 44 off-street parking spaces and 64 off-street bike parking spaces.
Read more about the work done to transform Berkeley Iceland into Sports Basement and the store’s plans for the community.
The Nov. 15 “Snowpening” will include games, drinks and snacks, free give-aways, the opportunity to win lift tickets and season passes to Squaw Valley, Alpine Meadows, Sierra-at-Tahoe, and Bear Valley and complimentary beer provided by Lagunitas and Anchor Steam.
These photos show how the interior is shaping up.
Sports Basement to open on Nov. 1 at Berkeley Iceland site (08.22.14)
Group circulates ballot measure to preserve ice rink (04.13.12)
Sports Basement to take over historic Berkeley ice rink (09.12.12)
Op/Ed: Berkeley Iceland is so much more than a building (09.11.12)
Op/Ed: Let’s maintain Berkeley Iceland whatever its fate (07.25.12)
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