Braehead Ice Rink (Glasgow Ice Centre)

Braehead Ice Rink (Braehead Arena) is a relatively new multipurpose venue. You will find it inside the Braehead Shopping Centre, so you can take advantage of the shops and food outlets while visiting the rink.

The complex is on the banks of the River Clyde, around a 15-minute drive west of Glasgow City Centre. It is just off the M8, making the arena easily accessible.

The arena is home to a number of ice hockey teams, including the Glasgow Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League. It is just one of 41 ice rinks in the UK that are home to competitive ice hockey teams.

Information For Braehead Arena

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Braehead Ice Rink Parking

Parking is very straightforward at Braehead ice rink, as the arena has more than 6,500 free parking spaces. There is also less congestion after the game than you would imagine for a venue of this size.

Glasgow Clan Ice Hockey Team

Glasgow Clan is an ice hockey team playing in the UK’s Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).

The EIHL is the highest-level professional league in the UK, with 10 teams from England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL) Teams

Belfast GiantsGlasgow Clan
Cardiff DevilsGuildford Flames
Coventry BlazeManchester Storm
Dundee StarsNottingham Panthers
Fife FlyersSheffield Steelers

The season runs from September to March/April, and the teams will play two (sometimes three) games a week, one home and one away. The most common days for games are Saturday and Sunday, but the team will play some on Fridays or mid-week.

These games include those played in the league and for the Challenge Cup. Most of the cup games are played early in the season.

Glasgow Clan Ice Hockey Team Contacts

Glasgow ClanContacts & Social Media
FacebookGlasgow Clan
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Paisley Pirates Ice Hockey Team

Paisley Pirates is an ice hockey team playing in the SNL (Scottish National League). The team is based at Braehead Ice Arena.

The SNL is the second-highest league in Scotland behind the Elite Ice Hockey League. The league has eight competing teams (see below).

Scottish National League Teams

Aberdeen LynxKilmarnock Thunder
Dundee CometsKirkcaldy Kestrels
Dundee TigersNorth Ayrshire Wild
Edinburgh CapitalsPaisley Pirates

The teams charge for entry to games, generally £5-£10 for a non-concessionary adult and reduced rates for children and OAPs.

SNL teams compete for the regular season title, the playoff title, and the Scottish Cup. The regular season runs from September to late March, and the season concludes in early April with a playoff weekend for the semi-final and final games.

How Cold Is Braehead Ice Rink?

If you haven’t been to a hockey game before, you need to know that ice rinks are cold places (not a surprise!). And the closer you are to the ice, the colder you will be. Also, hockey rinks in the UK aren’t heated, so temperatures in the arena drop in line with outside temperatures.

For those with some experience of UK rinks, we would rank Braehead ice rink as warmer than average.

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Braehead Ice Rink Temperature

Braehead Ice Rink Seating & Away Fan Blocks

Glasgow Clan tickets give you assigned seating, and the away fans are normally seated in block H. It is a very well-designed arena; the seats are comfortable, with a decent amount of legroom. You should have a good view of the game wherever you sit.

9 Best Ice Rink Activities To Do At Braehead Ice Rink

Watching an ice hockey game is just one of many things to do at Braehead Ice Rink. There is a wide range of ice rink activities on offer, including:

  • Public ice skating sessions
  • Ice skating lessons
  • Ice hockey lessons
  • Join a recreational ice hockey team.
  • Ice dancing or figure skating
  • Ice skating birthday parties
  • Try an ice disco with music, a DJ and disco lights.
  • Wheelchair ice skating / disabled ice skating
  • Watch an ice show.