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07-18-2007, 05:27 PM
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Does the 02 arena use real ice?

I was looking at the 02 site and they described their hockey facility as an "amazing ice-floor". Does anyone know if it is synthetic? If it is, has anyone played on synthetic ice and how do you think this will effect the season opener?

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I was looking at the 02 site and they described their hockey facility as an "amazing ice-floor". Does anyone know if it is synthetic? If it is, has anyone played on synthetic ice and how do you think this will effect the season opener?
What do you mean synthetic ice? You do realize that ice in every NHL arena is artificially created, right?

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The English drink warm beer.

Of course, they find ice amazing ...

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What do you mean synthetic ice? You do realize that ice in every NHL arena is artificially created, right?
you don't know what synthetic ice is?

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you don't know what synthetic ice is?
Can't say I do.

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What do you mean synthetic ice? You do realize that ice in every NHL arena is artificially created, right?
I think he's wondering if it's the plastic stuff they use that feels like a real ice surface.

http://www.coldproducts.com/ezglide.php

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I think he's wondering if it's the plastic stuff they use that feels like a real ice surface.
Like Sportcourt style?

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Like Sportcourt style?
Don't know what that is.. I added a link. They've got pics, vids and info on there. I want that in my basement!

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Don't know what that is.. I added a link. They've got pics, vids and info on there. I want that in my basement!
Seriously, if I don't end up moving north where it freezes, I'm getting that crap.

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Well, it says it does, but you can get years of use from each side of it. Crazy. Anyone know the pricing? You have to fill out a form to figure it out on the site and I don't feel like doing that.

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they use this stuff on cruise ships and in malls and stuff. Apparently there are lots of different types of synthetic ice out there and different brands.

From the sounds of it, the 02 arena uses an "ice floor", and im wondering if anyone has actually played on the stuff or watched games on it?

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they use this stuff on cruise ships and in malls and stuff. Apparently there are lots of different types of synthetic ice out there and different brands.

From the sounds of it, the 02 arena uses an "ice floor", and im wondering if anyone has actually played on the stuff or watched games on it?
An "ice floor" would be made of ice not plastic.

Section 1 Rule 1 of the NHL:
' The game of "Ice Hockey" shall be played on an ice surface known as the "RINK." '

The Duck/Kings games will be regular season games; therefore --> real ice.

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Whoa that stuff is crazy. The fact that you can do a hockey stop is pretty crazy too, I almost feel like it shouldn't be possible. It doesn't sound like ice though.

For pricing, I found a price of a competing product http://www.kwikrink.com/pricing.html So if you wanted to build a half rink at the bargain price, that'd be ~$47000. Yikes. And something tells me that's cheap because that surface is only "80% glide" where most of the other ones advertise 90-95% glide.

Also here's a mini pad http://www.syntheticiceusa.com/All%20Star%20System.htm

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I've been on the fake ice stuff before, but I can't really remember what it was like exactly, but it was different. And the ice will be real. There's no reason for it not to be real. If they want to hold any figure skating they'd have to use real ice, and I'm sure they'll want them there. There's also talk of a London ice hockey team moving in, and they'd need ice too.

On an unrelated note, we have outdoor rinks over here. So if you want change the date to January or Febuary, you can come over and be welcome to play outside. Also you'd be making me happy as I'd be there to watch.

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I hope it's real ice, but the way they describe it on the site is kind of odd...

"The O2 arena can be transformed from a concert venue into a breathtaking world class sporting arena within hours and will proudly host major events throughout the year. Tennis, NBA Basketball, NHL Ice Hockey (on our amazing “ice-floor”) and World Championship Boxing –"

If it was real ice why would they need to put that in parentheses? And why is "ice-floor" in quotations? Why is it amazing? Is it amazing because it's like real ice but it isnt real ice?

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I hope it's real ice, but the way they describe it on the site is kind of odd...

"The O2 arena can be transformed from a concert venue into a breathtaking world class sporting arena within hours and will proudly host major events throughout the year. Tennis, NBA Basketball, NHL Ice Hockey (on our amazing “ice-floor”) and World Championship Boxing –"

If it was real ice why would they need to put that in parentheses? And why is "ice-floor" in quotations? Why is it amazing? Is it amazing because it's like real ice but it isnt real ice?

It's amazing because it continues to baffle minds like yours. (j/k)

I am not really amazed by having a sheet of arena ice covered by stage boards for other events.
But enjoy the wonder !!!


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"The O2 arena can be transformed from a concert venue into a breathtaking world class sporting arena within hours and will proudly host major events throughout the year. Tennis, NBA Basketball, NHL Ice Hockey (on our amazing “ice-floor”) and World Championship Boxing –"
I'd guess it's only "amazing" because in England, it's a true novelty to have a sheet of ice underneath all those other playing surfaces.

Whereas here in North America, where so many sports arenas have such a set-up, it's not quite that amazing.

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hmm, i see your point.

well, I'm glad its real at least.

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I think he's wondering if it's the plastic stuff they use that feels like a real ice surface.

http://www.coldproducts.com/ezglide.php
How did I not know of the existence of such wonderful product. That thing is crazy!

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I'd guess it's only "amazing" because in England, it's a true novelty to have a sheet of ice underneath all those other playing surfaces.

Whereas here in North America, where so many sports arenas have such a set-up, it's not quite that amazing.
No, it's not a novalty.

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No, it's not a novalty.
so what makes it amazing?

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so what makes it amazing?
The quality? It's PR crap, you use words like that all the time. It's wouldn't be interesting or eye catching if they didn't use words like that. Don't mean it really anything different from the norm.

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The quality? It's PR crap, you use words like that all the time. It's wouldn't be interesting or eye catching if they didn't use words like that. Don't mean it really anything different from the norm.
Exactly, this thread is a perfect example of that.
Look at all the attention it got from using different words.

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I know over here in the UK the O2 arena PR guys are going overboard talking about how great the ice surface is and how revelutionary their tecnique is. However, talking with a few people who have actual worked in the arena, what the PR guys are talking about is still mostly theory and has not been put to the most pure test. 3 hours in a packed arena, with nhlers players ripping up the ice and damage and wear and tear that comes with that.

That is if you are talking about the O2 arena in Greenwich

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I was looking at the 02 site and they described their hockey facility as an "amazing ice-floor". Does anyone know if it is synthetic? If it is, has anyone played on synthetic ice and how do you think this will effect the season opener?
I am sure the ice at 02 Arena in London is million times better than the crappy ice surface at the Pond or the Honda Center or *** they call it now days!!!

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