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JFK Coliseum


Inside JFK ColiseumJFK Memorial Coliseum is located at 303 Beech Street, in between Beech and Maple streets and Auburn and Valley streets. The arena is opened mid September through March. Public skating is $5.00 for everyone.   Cash only please.

Skate rentals ($5.00), skate assist trainers ($5.00) and skate sharpening ($5.00) are available only for weekend public skating, school vacations and holidays.  JFK Coliseum is Handicapped Accessible.

The arena and parking lot are available for off season rental.

Call (603) 624-6444 to book Private Rentals.

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Inside JFK Coliseum 2Amenities

  • Dimensions 248' x 119' (29,512 square feet)
  • Skating Surface 185' x 85'
  • Seating Capacity (Bleacher Style): 1600 patrons with Ice, 3000 patrons without ice
  • Skating from Sept through March
  • Public Skating: Tuesday & Thursday mornings; Saturday & Sunday afternoons
  • No Air Conditioning
  • Air Handling: 3 Roof Mounted Exhaust Fans
  • Four Changing Rooms
  • Concession Stand
  • Skate Rental Shop ($5.00 rentals, $5.00 sharpening, $5 Skate assist trainers)
  • 5 Restrooms (2 Men's, 2 Women's, 1 Family/Handicapped Accessible)


JFK Coliseum OutsideHISTORY

Constructed under the administration of Mayors Jospahat T. Benoit and John C. Mongan, and completed in 1963, the arena was home to the Manchester Blackhawks, and NHL player Hubie McDonough.  John F. Kennedy Memorial Coliseum serves as home ice for Manchester Central and Memorial High Schools, and Southern NH Skating Club.




The city completed the largest renovation in the coliseum’s history in 2007. The project involved:

  • Demolition and replacement of existing rink bed and associated refrigeration piping including header pipe
  • Installation of dehumidification system
  • Demolition and replacement of existing translucent curtain walls with insulated metal wall panels and translucent panels
  • Replacement of gas fired heaters servicing rooms on east and west end of building
  • Onsite food concession
  • Hourly Private Ice Rental can be arranged by calling the Parks and Recreation office at (603) 624-6444, Extension 5346.

The city expanded the locker rooms in 2016 and renamed one of them for George "Butch" Joseph.