UPDATE: Crews didn't waste one minute getting ready for Friday's opening. 

This year, the Ice on the Landing ring will be bigger and organizers have extended the season. More than 30,000 skaters hit the ice last year and they expect an even bigger number this season. 

The biggest challenge as crews get ready for Friday's opening-- making the most important part! The ice! Organizers say Wednesday's rain kept them from being able to ice the ring. 

"You can't control rain. You can control the amount of water we put down. If we're flooding, you put down just the amount of water that will freeze. With rain, a small amount of rain isn't a problem, but if it rains more than that, it just melts away what you've already put down, so there's no way to control it so it's best to just let the rain get out and make good ice as the weather permits," Assistant Manager Bill Matthews said. 

Matthews says crews are working around the clock for the ice to be ready when gates open Friday evening. 

Some new things being offered this year-- Season passes, gift cards and a basic skills course. 

Prices will stay the same: $10 for adults and $8 for kids 12 and under. 

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Sporting a bigger rink and a longer season, visitors can again skate on real ice outside this winter.

The rink will again be located at Ross’s Landing on the Chattanooga Green, opening November 20 through January 18.

Last year, 30,000 skaters hit the ice, and this year’s rink will be expanded to 60’x100’, compared to last year’s 50’ x 70’ size. 

Ice on the Landing will be open every day within its eight-week season, including a lively schedule that accommodates public skating and features special themes and events, music and promotions, appearances by Santa and other popular characters, as well as certain nights that benefit local charities.

Chattanooga Presents is partnering with Volkswagen Chattanooga for the second time to offer Chattanooga’s outdoor holiday ice skating rink, Ice on the Landing. The ice rink will be located under the open sky in the beautiful waterfront setting of Ross’s Landing on the Chattanooga Green. People of all ages will be able to enjoy this classic winter activity again this year from November 20 through January 18.

Besides offering a larger rink size, also new this year is the addition of a season pass that will be available for skaters who come regularly, as well as gift cards for the rink. In addition, Ice on the Landing will offer a Basic Skills Course during two four-week sessions on Saturday and Monday mornings prior to opening hours. Plans are also to include a new “link to the rink” with a webcam provided through Channel 3 and EPB.

Like last year, tickets will be $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. This includes skate rentals and skating for two hours.