How Do Crews Prepare Ice For NHL Games?

How Do Crews Prepare Ice For NHL Games?


HOW ABOUT THAT ONE? THEY HAVE A VARIETY OF DOGS AS YOU CAN SEE TO CHOOSE FROM. I WANT TO TAKE THEM ALL HOME. THE MINNESOTA WILD OPENED THEIR SEASON ON THE ROAD TOMORROW NIGHT. BAREBACK SATURDAY FOR THE HOME OPENER. IT TAKES A TEAM TO GET THE ICE AT THE X GAME READY. HOW DO THEY DO IT? GOOD QUESTION. HERE IS HEATHER BROWN. Reporter: HOW FAR DOWN IS THE CEMENT UNDER HERE? AN INCH AND A QUARTER. THAT IS IT? YES. JUST AN INCH AND A QUARTER THICK. TRAVIS LARSON AND HIS CREW BUILT THE ICE AT THE X. HERE IS A TIME-LAPSE VIDEO OF THE 48 HOURS IT TOOK TO PUT DOWN 13,000 GALLONS OF WATER PLUS, PAINTING THE LOGO AND THE LINES. WHY DO YOU TAKE IT OUT OVER THE SUMMER? WE DON’T NEED TO HAVE IT IN TO BE MORE COST-EFFECTIVE AND IT IS JUST EASIER TO DO SHOWS WITHOUT ICE. IT IS GOOD TO FRESHEN IT UP ONCE A YEAR. IS STARTS WITH COOLING THE FLOOR BELOW, WHICH HAS 10 MILES OF PIPES FILLED WITH A CHEMICAL CALLED GLYCOL. WE CHILL IT DOWN TO SEND — TO 10 DEGREES. WE SPRAY A LIGHT MIST OF WATER — TO MAKE A THIN COAT OF ICE, ENOUGH TO STICK TO THE FLOOR. WE WILL PAINT IT WHITE USING MORE OR LESS, WHITEWASHED. IS NOT NORMALLY — NORMAL PAINT? KNOW WE ACTUALLY MET A WHITE POWDER IN WATER SO IT’S MORE OR LESS WHITE WATER. WE WILL FILL THAT DOWN WITH WATER, KEEP IT TRAPPED. THEN IT’S TIME TO LAY OUT THE LINES AND THE LOGO. ALL OF THAT IS HAND-PAINTED. THE ICE PAINT IS LIKE A TEMPER PAINT, FINGER PAINT. AFTER THAT, THEY WILL MIST ON THE WATER UNTIL IT IS BUILT UP TO AN INCH AND A QUARTER. THEY USUALLY KEEP IT RIGHT AROUND 60 DEGREES BUT BEFORE A GAME, THEY WILL DROP IT DOWN TO 55 BECAUSE THEY KNOW 18,000 PEOPLE HERE IS GOING TO WARM THIS PLACE UP ABOUT SEVEN DEGREES. DURING CONCERT, THE CRUISE COVER THE ICE WITH THIS INSULATED FLOOR. DOES THE BEER OR ANY OF THE POPCORN EVER SNEAK ITS WAY AND ONTO THE ICE? OH, YEAH IT DOES. IT GOES THROUGH THE CRACKS. WHEN THAT COMES UP, WE JUST DRY

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