Madison Square Garden Renovations (Part V)
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06-11-2013, 09:20 AM
Stanley Cup 2014
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: New York City
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As a premier ice maintenance technician I can tell you that the wooden rubber has zero effect on the ice because the ice is cooled from the piping undereath (the piping has calcium chloride or glycol running through them which allows the piping run below freezing) imbedded in the concrete floor (or sand floor which are used in smaller rinks) thus the wooden rubber works as an insulator and preserves the ice. The Zamboni takes care of any imperfections as it cuts the top layer of the ice with a blade (adjustable, as mentioned) and lays water on top. The reason why the ice is bad is the placement of the stands, because there are so many people packed in tight it creates a ring of warmth around the ice. I know that there is only three occasions where the ice is being melted. These events are the circus, the bull riding and the dog show. They have to redo the ice each time which actually makes the ice better because it's new ice.
The cracks that you see, is because the ice is settling. Happens mainly to the new ice from the weight of the Zamboni and has zero effect to the actual ice.
e: this from few weeks ago when we redid our ice and were building the ice higher. Happens every time and it's completely normal
good stuff! They should have some sort of cold air venting onto the ice surface during games to maintain temperature
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