Paul Louis Arena building


Paul Louis Arena (Registered as Skating Institute of Rochester) is a registered 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization.

The Paul Louis Arena at Skating Institiute of Rochester, built in 1955, has served the community as the hub for recreational ice events for nearly 60 years. Just steps from the heart of Downtown, the rink sits in the historic Corn Hill neighborhood, among some of Rochester's most historic homes and popular restaurants.

Paul Louis Arena has the areas only electric zamboni ensuring the highest of air quality. It has long been known for having the "best ice in town". The arena has hosted some of the best hockey players and skaters in WNY over the years.

Our goal is provide opportunities to youth and adult players and skaters with a place to  skate and play. We want to help grow the great game of Hockey and sport of Figure Skating.

History of Paul Louis Arena

Paul Louis Arena was built in 1955 as a part of RIT's downtown athletic campus, made possible by a donation from Frank Ritter Shumway. At the time it was known as the Ritter Clark Memorial Building and was home to the Genesee Figure Skating Club. In 1980 the Skating Institute of Rochester was founded to foster National and International Amateur sports competitions by Frank Ritter Shumway, who was interested in keeping the Skating Institute of Rochester as an important part of downtown Rochester. The rink was later re-named to Paul Louis Arena, however the Skating Institute of Rochester, which is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is still operating out of the Arena. Our mission is to grow figure skating and the great game of hockey, while continuing to offer the best experience possible to every person that enters our doors.


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