Attendance, revenues down for 2013 Main Street ice rink

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Documents from the City of Columbia show the holiday ice rink on Main Street ended the season with a $102,000 deficit and fewer attendees than the previous year.

According to the city, the rink generated $79,435 worth of revenue and had 8,844 skaters, but had $183,205 in operating expenditures.

In 2012, the rink generated over $132,000 in revenue and had over 15,000 attendees.

The city blames a shorter season and poor weather conditions on high traffic days for the drop in attendance and revenue.

Despite the down year, city officials believe the operation to have been a success.

"I believe the Main Street ice rink was again successful in generating a significant economic impact for the downtown area," said a city document. "Our decision to operate the rink in-house also provided an improved level of customer service and presentation of the rink operation."

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