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Skating Oval


The Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval is managed by the Gordie Howe Sports Complex on behalf of the City of Saskatoon. The Oval offers an exciting change of pace and scenery for skating enthusiasts. There are multiple lanes available for different speeds and plenty of room for every level of skater (and speed skates are not required to participate). A new warm-up and washroom facility is under construction and in the meantime, temporary shacks are available for skaters to change their skates. 

Facility Features

• 400 metre skating oval
• Seating for 1,850, expands to 3,500 with temporary seating
• Available for long track use
• Free public skating

Public Skating Hours
(Open December 15 to March 1)

Public skating is FREE at the Oval.

Day Hours*

12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Fri Closed to Public
Sat & Sun 10:15 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

*weather and ice conditions permitting

COVID-19 Response: Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval

Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval will open on December 15, in full compliance with the guidelines and restrictions as required by the Chief Medical Health Officer and regulated under the Government of Saskatchewan's Re-open Saskatchewan plan:

Know Before You Go

  • Stay home if you are sick and experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Always stay 2 meters apart from those not in your group and 3 metres apart when participating in physical activity.
  • Non-medial face masks must be worn at all times in the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval area including the ice surface and warm-up area.
  • The number of people on the Oval at once must not exceed the restrictions on public gatherings (30 people maximum as of November 2020).
  • A maximum of 15 people may use the warm-up building at a time and 3 metres of distance must be maintained in accordance with the Public Health Orders.
  • Sanitize your hands before and after using the rink.

Private Rentals

Gordie Howe Sports Complex manages booking arrangements for the Oval.  Members of the public can easily view available rental times and book the Oval for events online by visiting

Fun Fact!

The Oval was named after the first coach of the Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club.