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Whatever Happened to Roller Skating?

Whatever Happened to Roller Skating Tanya Basu The Atlantic


What happened to roller-skating rinks anyway?

Roller skating may seem kind of retro, but it isn't a thing of the past, says Jim McMahon, executive director of the Indianapolis-based Roller Skating Association International. In fact, rinks are thriving—just not where you'd expect.

“It’s not a declining industry,” McMahon said. “We have gotten 15 brand new skating rinks all over the country over the past 14 months.” 

Which isn’t to say that building a roller-skating rink is a guaranteed windfall. After all, rinks tend to be large—and costly—investments.

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Fifteen in the whole country does not sound like the industry is growing.

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