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How Much Does a Roller Skating Rink Cost?: A Complete Guide

How Much Does a Roller Skating Rink Cost
Written by Kevin Gerard

If you’re wondering how much you’ve to invest to set up a roller skating rink, this will mainly depend on the size, location, and different facilities you want to add for the skaters.

An indoor rink will cost you more than an outdoor rink because this will require extra equipment and accessories, such as lighting and air conditionings.

On the other hand, pop-up rinks are much cheaper because you don’t need a permanent place or permits.

You can also look for existing roller rinks for sale on platforms like LoopNet and get a good deal if you’re patient and ready to relocate.

Be prepared to spend anywhere between $500,000 to $5 million to build your rink from the ground up.

How Much Does a Roller Skating Rink Cost?

  • Flooring

A large property (at least 20,000 square feet) is required for a skating rink. Skating rinks usually have concrete or wooden floors though plastic tile floors can be seen occasionally.

Concrete is cheaper and more durable than wood and is good for performing tricks, spinning, and speed skating.

But these floors are noisier and can be bumpy, which can rescue your speed. Concrete may also cause serious injuries as the floor is too hard.

Concrete flooring may cost you $3 to $12 per square foot, which can increase up to $18 if you use high-end materials.

On the other hand, wood floors provide nice traction and are less harsh than concrete floors that help rescue the chances of serious injuries.

You may expect $6 to $18 per square foot for wood flooring, but it may reach up to $25 for top-of-the-line materials.

  • Building Structures

You should consider a steel building since they offer a number of benefits for businesses that require large spaces. Steel structures don’t need support beams that would normally hinder the skaters’ movements.

They also provide ample air circulation to tackle mold growth and other hassles caused by excess humidity. Additionally, you’ll need much less time to build a steel building and enjoy a longer life with low upkeep costs.

Such a steel structure may cost around  $10 to $25 per square foot. But if you add other stuff the cost can rise up to $120 per square fit.

Other expenses

There is no dearth of factory-made and custom accessories you can add to your rink.

Here is a list of the common items and facilities you’ll need and their possible costs based on the current market price.

Sectors Expenses 
Specialized Lighting $12,000
Heating and Air Conditioning $250,000
Signage $12,000
Curbing System, Parking Lot and Striping $150,000
Exterior Lighting $25,000
Locker Room Furnishing $10,000
Concession Dining Tables $20,000
Plumbing and Restroom Partitions $50,000
Insurance $30,000
Computerized Registers $3500
Sound Systems $400,000
Counters $25,000
Storage Racks for Skates $15,000
Rental Skates $35,000
Landscaping $20,000

These are just rough numbers, the actual cost may fluctuate based on your location.

Running a rink also involves maintenance costs that may set you back $35,000 monthly.

Things to Consider Before Building or Buying a Roller Skating Rink

Things to consider before building or buying a roller skating rink

Be specific

Since there are a lot of things to consider when buying or building a roller rink, you should be very specific while planning and think about what matters most.

In the case of roller skating, this means the floor and the roof, lighting and sound systems, passionate staff, and a good collection of rental skates.

Do your research

For building a new rink from scratch, you’ll have to find out the present cost of land, building permits, surveys, foundation contractors, architectural services, plumbing, electrical systems, carpeting, lockers, snack bar, barrier wall, a paved parking place, and a lot of other things.


Thanks to inflation, costs are always in flux and may change based on factors like the project size, building and parking space sizes, the capacity allowed by the regional Fire Marshall, labor costs, utility bills, diesel fuel (shipping to deliver materials), and more.

Check Classifieds

Buying a skating rink is easy, but selling is hard. If you plan to relocate and can be patient, there are many existing rinks for sale at low prices.

Don’t forget to ask about the occupancy rate to see if you’ll have enough clients to meet your monthly payment.

Look for old rinks converted into thrift stores or warehouses. Check to see if they intend to sell anytime soon.

Check out Deed Restrictions

Before buying or renting an existing facility, make sure that there is no deed restriction on the property.

You should also be aware of if there are any restrictions, such as if the building can be painted bright.


1. Which structure is best for a roller skating rink?

Ans: Traditional buildings and steel structures are mostly found for roller skating rinks. However steel structure is the best option as it can be built within a short time and can be maintained easily.

About the author

Kevin Gerard

I started off my career as a mechanical engineer at a scooter manufacturing company back in 2012. I’ve been into kick scooters and swimming since the early years of my life. Over time, I quit the latter for the love of the former and soon started to be recognized as a kick scooter expert!

I wanted to take scooter designing professionally but my family forced me to study engineering. Luckily, I decided to study mechanical engineering! That made way for me to work in the field of kick scooter designing as a core researcher and developer.

I am one of the founding members of Scooterlay and I contribute to the website as the head of the research team. I am currently working on my first book on the basics of kick scooter riding. This is a guide for beginner riders that will soon be published by Warner House Press, Arizona.

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