Malaysia National Ice Skating Stadium, better known as MYNISS is located in a mall in Selangor.

The stadium was host venue for the inaugural winter sports of the 2017 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games that took place in August. last year. For the first time in the history of the SEA Games, its 29th edition offered winter sports such as ice hockey, figure skating, and speed skating.

The facility at Empire City mall offers the first Olympic-regulated ice rink (measuring 30m x 60m) in Malaysia. It has full facilities to host tournaments of international standard.

The rink has a seating capacity of 600, and a standing room of up to 5,000 spectators. The 1,800 sq m facility also houses professional dasher boards, officials’ facilities, players’ facilities, along with athlete showers and lockers, and an ice skating academy.

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The Olympic standard ice skating rink at MYNISS can seat 600 people and house 5000 spectators (both sitting and standing). Photo: The Star/Ming Teoh

Besides the SEA Games, MYNISS has also hosted the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Challenge Cup of Asia 2018.

At a recent media familiarisation event organised by Tourism Selangor, members of the press had the opportunity to visit the centre and try out its ice skating facilities.

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The writer posing with Bobby the Seal, a skating aid to help skaters keep their balance. Photo: The Star/Sam Tham

Now, everyone can “get a taste of winter” at MYNISS because the centre is open to the public. It offers ice skating sessions at a per entry rate of RM20 on weekdays, RM25 on weekends, and RM30 on public/school holidays. Ice skating classes taught by professionally trained instructors are also offered at the MYNISS Skating Academy. Members of the public who are keen to try this out can enrol for private lessons (one student), semi-private lessons (two to three students), or group lessons (four to 10 students).

Big or small lockers are available for rental. Bobby the Seal, a skating aid to help newbies keep their balance on the ice, is also available for rent.

Gloves and socks (which must be worn during skating) are also available.

Currently, parking at the venue is free.

For more information, visit: www.facebook.com/MYNISS.EmpireCity/