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Lockport's Cornerstone CFCU Arena adds ice bumper cars


Tue, May 29th 2018 01:10 pm
Arena is first in New York to offer new on-ice option for visitors 
Cornerstone CFCU Arena in Lockport is making room for an addition at the facility: ice bumper cars. A new and unique offering for all-season entertainment, the ice bumper cars allow riders to have fun on the ice - no skates required.
The vehicles were first revealed to sponsors, board members and representatives of the local media during an event held May 23, while the first tickets were made available to the public last Friday
Ice bumper car riders control the vehicle using a pair of joysticks, one at either side of the vehicle. Moving these in tandem forward or backward steers the car in that direction, while moving them in opposite directions allows the car to rotate and spin.
Each car is surrounded with a large PVC air tube, wrapping the metal frame and cushioning the car and rider from impacts with other cars.
The cars' custom-made rubber tread tires provide traction while not marring the ice surface. The cars are also family-friendly and approved for riders as young as 6 years old (more than 42 inches tall), while children ages 3 to 5 can ride with an adult driver. The total weight of rider(s) cannot exceed 300 pounds.
"We are thrilled to offer ice bumper cars at Cornerstone Arena. Riders won't be able to stop smiling once they get moving. These cars bring out the kid in everyone!" said Shelley Unocic, executive director for the Lockport Ice board.
Ice bumper cars are a creation of IBC International, based in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The cars have already become a popular attraction at arenas in Brick, New Jersey; Harrington, Delaware; and Providence, Rhode Island. Their arrival in Lockport marks the company's first and only installation in New York. 
Tickets for rides aboard the new ice bumper cars are available during the cheap skate session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the evening ice jam skate session at 8 p.m. To learn more or to find out when ice bumper cars will be available to ride, call Cornerstone CFCU Arena at 716-438-7698 or visit the arena's website at www.cornerstoneicearena.com.
Cornerstone CFCU Arena is located in the heart of Lockport at 1 Grigg Lewis Way, offering two NHL-sized ice rinks for hockey, ice skating, figure skating, sled hockey and now ice bumper cars. The arena offers seating for up to 630 in the 93,500-square-foot facility, which includes a pro shop, an elite performance training center and dining options at The Penalty Box and KeyBank Café. Learn more online at www.cornerstoneicearena.com.

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