Friends of Recreational Ice Activities

Ice Skating came to Huntsville in 1959 when Mr. Benton H. Wilcoxon opened the Ice Palace off of Governor’s Drive. The Ice Palace operated as a profitable private corporation for 27 years. On September 11, 1986, Mr. Wilcoxon donated the Ice Palace to the City of Huntsville and it became a municipal facility.

In September 1986 the Ice Palace Board of Control (BoC), a City appointed board, and other concerned citizens embarked on a five-year plan to replace the Ice Palace with a larger and more adequate skating facility for the City of Huntsville. In March 1988 a committee was established by the Ice Palace Board of Control to study and recommend a specific expansion proposal for a new complex. This group eventually evolved into FRIA, the Friends of Recreational Ice Activities, and a coalition of regular users of the Ice Palace. On May 8, 1989, FRIA and the Ice Palace BoC made their initial presentation to the Mayor and the City Council for the proposed skating complex. Over the next two years FRIA raised and donated funds required to build the facility. At the Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex our mission is to provide a fun, safe and professional environment inspiring all members of the community regardless of skill level to get involved in ice related activities.

The new facility, the Benton H. Wilcoxon Municipal Ice Complex, opened to the public on December 15, 1991. It was a world class facility featuring two separate ice surfaces with many supporting amenities. At that time there were few facilities with two ice sheets in the Southeast. The facility serves a user community consisting of three main components: figure skating, hockey and the casual recreational ice skater. The facility has a pro shop located on-site and is also home to some non-ice related activities such as physical training, ballet and hosting meetings.

Friends of Recreational Ice Activities meets as needed and reports monthly to the Ice Complex Board of Control. The Ice Complex has been and continues to be home to countless of hockey tournaments, figure skating competitions and public events in support of ice related activities in the Huntsville, AL and surrounding areas.

Ice Sports Center

Facility Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Coca Cola Bottling Incorporated

Milberger & Associates Architects

Mr. & Mrs. Benton Wilcoxon

Silver Sponsors

Acustar Incorporated

Dr. & Mrs. George Harriman

Mrs. Chauncey Huth

First Alabama Bank

Mr. Joe Ritch

Bronze Sponsors

Dr. & Mrs. Klaus Medenbauch

Dr. & Mrs. William Sullins

Dr. & Mrs. Eugene Tate

Dr. & Mrs. Henry Waites

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Denver

Mr. & Mrs. Ray Dotson

Mr. & Mrs. James Howell

Mr. & Mrs. Terry Roal

Mr. & Mrs. Doug Ross

Amsouth Bank

Burger King

Central Bank of the South

Mr. & Mrs. George Stewart

The Akins Family Eastern Dredging & Construction

Huntsville Amateur Hockey Association

Slap Shot Hockey Club

Spencer Companies Incorporated

Wikle Thornton Holcombe & Associates


Facility Sponsors

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Thurber

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Bendall

Colonial Bank

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Campbell

Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Holcombe

Mr. & Mrs. S L Sullins Jr

Facility Benefactors

Mr. and Mrs. Keith Schonrock Jr.

Uniglobe Travel Agency

Facility Supporters

Mr. & Mrs. Sonny Atkinson

Mr. & Mrs. James Bower

Mr. James Bult

Mr. & Mrs. Jimmy Carter

Mr. & Mrs. James Cook

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Davidson

Mr. & Mrs. Gerald Donovan

Dr. & Mrs. Alan Dowd

Mr. William Harrell

Mrs. Manuela Holbert

Mr. Clifford Ibsen

Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Jobes

Mr. John Mostert

Mr. & Mrs. Al Mountain

Nichold Research Corporation

Mrs. Brenda Pricht

Dr. & Mrs. James Pignatoro Jr

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Price

Regal Nissan

Mr. E. Ray Ritch

Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Rodgers

Mrs. Colleen Rodriguez

Dr. & Mrs. Ron Saunders

Mr. & Mrs. Watson Sharp

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Shaver

Space City Lions Club

Sun Valley Sod

Mr. & Mrs. James Thornton

Mr. & Mrs. Luther Wikle

Dr. & Mrs. Bernard Vatz

Ice Sports Center

Capital Improvement Capaign Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

North Alabama Hockey Association

Bronze Sponsors

David and Vicki Edwards

Dr. Dino and Kathy Ferrante

Worthington Bank

Bryant Bank

Penelope Smith

Jeff and Suzy Buehrle

Bob Gifford

Keith Schonrock III

Editha Dotson Bowser

Joseph F. Kestner

Joyce Griffin

Fred Hudson

Pat Blackman

Ira and Betty Landrith

Heather Schonrock

Surgery Center of Huntsville /Bill Sammons

Scott and Kimber Appleton

Kristi Kelly

Chris Harper

Southern Consulting

Association of the United States Army

Huntsville Chapter

Redstone Federal Credit Union

Kimberly Ziehlke

Olympia Construction

AL Representative Mike Ball

Betty Schonrock

Facility Supporters

Keith and Donna Marie Schonrock

Bill Bee



Steve Johnson

New York Life

Diep Trinh

Sheree Hendrick

Michael Finnegan

Jerre and Jean Penney

Edward Ragland

Martinson and Beason

AL Senator Arthur Orr

Friends of the Facility

Dr. Janice Thornton Mannir


Steve Clough

Kimberly Ford

Iroquoi Systems

Susan Phelan

William Sammons

Nicole Harper

Robert Jones

Dudley Burwell

James Heusner

Lawrence Hennebeck

Penelope Bashore

Tracey Dickson

Bentley Buick

Geoffrey Beech

Kevin Caputo

Tonya Zbell

Pamela Chamness

Frances Woodard

Houston Cropp

Chuck Saunders

Sharon Mitchell

Robert and Amy Mosely

Jr. Skating Club of Huntsville

Michael Thorne

Ryan McCormick

Dana Tomalty

American Bank of Huntsville

Eastside Partners

Huntsville Havoc

Lones Electrical

Short Stop

Dr. Beverly Sticklse

William Matthews

Crawford Investments

Constance Tuck

Jim, Virginia, and Mike Fowler

Sasha Sealy