VFW Sports Center

1200 N. Washington St. 

The VFW Sports Center has three ice rinks (Rink 1, H.A. Thompson & Sons Arena and First International Bank & Trust Arena) and a curling rink. It is home to a multitude of recreation activities, including hockey, figure skating, public skating, curling and golf. Located near the facility are the Sam McQuade Sr. Softball Complex and Tom O’Leary Tennis Courts and Golf Course. The facility and grounds are surrounded by 2.4 miles of recreational trails.

Public Indoor Ice Skating

  • Schedule
  • Fee: $2/Individual; $5/family. No skate rentals.
  • Cash or check only


  • Skate with the flow.
  • No racing or dodging other skaters.
  • No food on the ice.
  • No spins – both feet must be on the ice.
  • Be courteous to other skaters.
  • Always use caution – be aware of other skaters.


  • Ice rentals: $100/hour (limited availability)
  • Dry floor: $50/hour; $600/day (hockey rink)
  • Curling rink: $500/day
  • Building: $1,200/day (commercial non-ice event)
  • Meeting Room: $30/hour
  • Parking available
  • Reservations: call 221-6814
  • View schedules for ice arena meeting rooms.

VFW Sports Center Expansion and Renovation Project

In February 2024, Bismarck Parks and Recreation District celebrated the expanded and renovated VFW Sports Center with its partners, campaign supporters and the community. The facility now features the renovated Rink 2, now H.A. Thompson & Sons Arena, and a new third sheet of ice, called First International Bank & Trust Arena. Other facility enhancements include a new second lobby and concession area; additional larger locker rooms for entire facility; new multipurpose space for training, meetings and parties; new rooms for sports medicine and officials; additional restrooms; new office and storage space; and more parking.

Expansion and Renovation Flyer