Forest Hills Stadium a year-round venue?

Ice rink, winter wonderland could be installed by next year: promoter

The Forest Hills Stadium goes silent every October as the final guitar chords from the year’s last concert fade into the autumn air, not to be heard again until the following spring.

And while New York winters aren’t exactly conducive to outdoor musical performances, that doesn’t mean the neighborhood stadium that hosts them has to go dormant with the falling of the temperatures.

Venue promoter Mike Luba, the co-founder of Madison House Presents, said in a Tuesday interview his company is looking into making the stadium a year-round attraction starting in 2018 with the addition of some winter-themed events.

“We have some long-term goals for the stadium,” Luba said. “We’re still fleshing out the details, but hopefully by next year we’ll have an ice skating rink and some sort of winter wonderland there.”

The rink, he said, would be placed in the center of the bowl, directly in front of where the large music stage is.

And on the stadium’s concourses, Luba said, discussions are underway about possibly installing a Christmas tree forest, having a location where kids can meet Santa and holding other holiday-related events.

The ice rink plan is furthest along, however, as the promoters are upgrading the venue’s electrical system to support the operation of a skating surface.

After decades of hosting the US Open and concerts by the likes of The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix, the stadium went almost completely unused for nearly 20 years beginning in the mid 1990s — there were even plans to demolish it and build housing on the plot.

But Madison House Presents struck a deal with the West Side Tennis Club in 2013 to bring musical performances back to the aging structure.

In the years since, the stadium has undergone millions of dollars in renovations, including soundproofing the building and the construction of a new stage — mostly quelling initial reservations among residents living near the stadium about noise.

As it’s now one of the more popular music venues in the city, popular acts such as Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Drake, and Mumford & Sons have since played to sold-out crowds there.