About The Cooler

The Cooler History

Opened in October of 1997, The Cooler began as one of the largest skating facilities in Georgia. The Cooler established itself as an Alpharetta icon providing public skating, birthday parties and special events for area families and their children. With two 85' x 200' Ice Arenas and one 85' x 185' Roller Arena, families are bound to have hours of fun.

In an effort to provide the best athletic programs for the community, owner John Bardis established programs for figure skating and ice hockey. The Cooler has broadened the sports programs to include volleyball, roller hockey, martial arts, yoga and wrestling with internationally recognized coaches and trainers. Today, the A5 Volleyball program and the Atlanta Fire Travel Hockey program produce some of the nation's top athletes.

The Cooler has become one of the finest family recreation centers in the United States.

The Alpharetta Family Skate Center, The Cooler Steve Jacobs Sr. and John Bardis cut the 10th anniversary cake

Mission Statement

The mission of Alpharetta Family Skate Centers LLC., The Cooler, is to be the recognized leader in the development and operation of high quality, affordable family recreation, entertainment and organized skating and to provide comprehensive training and support for all skating sports.

We wish to provide our community with a positive, happy, and enjoyable environment where families may come together to enjoy themselves, especially in ice and roller skating activities.

We will achieve the goals of this mission utilizing the following principles:

  • Honor

  • Quality service

  • Sportsmanship

  • Family support

  • Positive behavior

  • and above all else ...FUN!

Administration Team

John Bardis


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Steve Jacobs
General Manager
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  Mike Bardis
Business Manager
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No Photo Available Daniel Benton
Director of Building Operations
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No Photo Available Andy Brandt
Hockey Director
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Herbert Wiesinger Herbert Wiesinger
Figure Skating Director
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