Rink at Wrigley opens for winter

December 19, 2009 (CHICAGO) The full-size ice skating rink is just outside Wrigley Field near Clark and Waveland.

Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster was joined by Blackhawk legend Stan Mikita for a ceremonial first pitch, and a team of synchronized ice dancers performed before the rink opened for a free skate by the public.

Business and political leaders joined sponsors and new Cubs owners Tom and Laura Ricketts for an official opening ceremony.

"One thing we believe we're ushering in right now is an era of consistent success on the field, but as importantly, a consistent relationship with the neighborhood and doing everything we can to be great neighbors to everyone in the community," Tom Ricketts said.

The rink at Wrigley will be open through February.

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