East Aurora Classic Rink


Our Past

On January 1, 2008, history was made in Buffalo, NY, as Ralph Wilson Stadium hosted the first-ever outdoor NHL game in the United States. The Winter Classic put the Buffalo Sabres up against the Pittsburgh Penguins before record-setting crowd of 71,217.

The Aurora Ice Association purchased the ice-making equipment from the NHL, and with the support of hundreds of passionate volunteers, private donations and corporate support, a tribute to this historic event is nestled in the Village of East Aurora.

Our Present & Future

The Classic Rink has become a true asset to for the entire Western New York community. Since opening in 2008, the venue has added a pavilion-style roof, locker rooms and warming lodge. The ice rink runs at full capacity from October through March and provides summer programming for off-ice recreational activities (lacrosse, flag football, community events) from April to September. The Aurora Ice Association continues to fundraise for needed operational equipment, maintenance of existing assets, and youth programming. 


The Aurora Ice Association is growing the game of lacrosse in Western New York through it’s Beast Lacrosse Program. Running from April through June, the Beast program offers both house leagues and a premier team. National Lacrosse League players Dhane Smith and Josh Byrne instruct and coach our teams providing an amazing experience for our youth.  

AIA offers lacrosse  for all  levels with programs from age 4 through high school.  For more information on Beast Lacrosse programs, click below. 



The Aurora Ice Association is committed to maintaining a youth hockey program that personifies the values of the greater East Aurora community we serve with a specific focus on sportsmanship, respect for individuals, integrity and a love for the game of hockey.

AIA offers hockey to ALL who have interest in ice hockey. Whether your son or daughter is a beginner, has played on a House level or Travel level team, AIA is open to all. For more information on Beast House and Travel teams, click below.

Visit your team’s website at: http://auroraicehockey.sportngin.com/

The Aurora Ice Association, Inc. (AIA) is a New York State not-for-profit organization whose goal is to bring ice sports and recreation activities to the residents and families of East Aurora and surrounding Southtowns communities.