The Wait Is Almost Over - The "Southwest Rink at Skyline Park" Officially Opens This Friday, Nov. 23

  The Wait Is Almost Over - The "Southwest Rink at Skyline Park" Officially
                          Opens This Friday, Nov. 23

One of Downtown Denver's Most Popular Winter Attractions Returns

PR Newswire

DENVER, Nov. 20, 2012

DENVER, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- For a third consecutive year, Southwest
Airlines (NYSE: LUV) is bringing back the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park for
outdoor ice skating in the Mile High City beginning Friday, Nov. 23. The Rink
is located in Skyline Park next to the historic Daniels and Fisher Clocktower
and near the intersection of 16th and Arapahoe streets. Skating will once
again be FREE to the public with the option to bring skates or rent a pair for
just $2.

To test the ice and build buzz leading up to the grand opening, Southwest
Airlines and the Downtown Denver Partnership (DDP) hosted a broomball-style
shot contest this afternoon – participants were given the opportunity to take
a shot on goal and winners received one of 20 roundtrip tickets on Southwest
Airlines. Event attendees included Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Denver City
Councilman Albus Brooks, and DDP President and CEO Tami Door.

To kick off the holiday giving season, Southwest Airlines also announced a
$5,000 donation to Volunteers of America (VOA). And rink-goers can join in
the giving by dropping off a pair of gloves, mittens, or socks benefitting VOA
throughout the rink season in exchange for a FREE skate rental. Jim White from
Volunteers of America was in attendance to accept the donation.

"The opening of the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park during Thanksgiving is
quickly becoming a Denver tradition and a favorite event of mine to kick off
the holiday season," said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. "The Denver Spirit
is showcased in the collaboration among Southwest Airlines, the Downtown
Denver Partnership and Denver Parks and Recreation that provides such a fun,
inexpensive winter activity for friends and families alike in Downtown

"We had more than 42,000 Denver residents and visitors lace up their skates
last year at the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park, so we're thrilled to begin
the countdown to the official grand opening on Friday," said DDP's Tami Door.
"The Rink brings low-cost entertainment and Southwest's signature Spirit to
the heart of the Mile High City, while also helping activate our core Downtown
area. Ice skating is truly fun for all ages, so we encourage everyone to come
out to Skyline Park this winter."

"Three years running and we could not be more excited about the entertainment
and activation planned for the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park," said Beth
Harbin, Southwest Airlines Senior Director of Communications and Strategic
Outreach. "Southwest is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the
Downtown Denver Partnership for another year of winter fun and events. We're
thrilled that the Rink continues to be part of the Mile High City's unique
spirit that we all know and love." 

The Southwest Rink at Skyline Park will be open seven days a week from Friday,
Nov. 23, through Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 2013. Visitors can participate in
"Learn to Skate" sessions for kids and adults on Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Southwest will sponsor free skate
rentals on Christmas Day (Dec. 25), New Year's Day (Jan. 1), Southwest's
seventh anniversary of Denver service (Jan. 3), Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
(Jan. 21) and Valentine's Day (Feb. 14). The Rink also will host broomball
games beginning in January. For more information, visit

Last year, the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park welcomed more than 42,000
skaters—more than 11,000 people over the inaugural season. The Rink also saw
eight marriage proposals, 24 broomball teams, 12 occasions of live music, and
2,728 fun giveaways for different events. The Rink is made possible by a
public-private partnership among the DDP, City of Denver Parks and Recreation
Department, and Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines began service to Denver on Jan. 3, 2006, with 13 daily
nonstop departures to three destinations. The airline currently operates 163
daily nonstop flights to 54 destinations from Denver. Southwest is also
actively engaged in the community through sponsorships of the Downtown Denver
Partnership, the Denver Nuggets, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Denver's Road Home,
the Mile High Pedicab Company, and many more local organizations. To learn
more about Southwest's dedication to Denver, visit:

About Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc.
The Downtown Denver Partnership, Inc. is a non-profit business organization
that creatively plans, manages and develops Downtown Denver as the unique,
diverse, vibrant and economically healthy urban core of the Rocky Mountain
region. For more information, visit

In its 42^nd year of service, Dallas-based Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV)
continues to differentiate itself from other carriers with exemplary Customer
Service delivered by nearly 46,000 Employees to more than 100 million
Customers annually. Southwest is the nation's largest carrier in terms of
originating passengers boarded, and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran
Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve
97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries. Southwest is one of the
most honored airlines in the world, known for its commitment to the triple
bottom line of Performance, People and Planet. To read about how Southwest is
doing its part to be a good corporate citizen, visit
to read the Southwest Airlines One Report™.

SOURCE Southwest Airlines

Contact: Southwest Airlines Public Relations, +1-214-792-4847
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