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How thick is the ice in a typical arena?
In most arenas, the ice is kept between 1" to 1.5" thick. The goal is to find a depth that is deep enough to handle the number and weight of skaters and yet thin enough to keep the electrical consumption at a minimum. The thicker the ice surface, the harder the refrigeration system has to work to keep the ice frozen. In most arenas, the ice thickness is checked on a regular basis by using a cordless drill and tape measure. By checking at various locations throughout the arena floor and writing the information on a chart, it will help the arena staff know where to reduce or increase the ice thickness. This is usually done at least once per week.

Howelsen Ice Arena

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1. Is the ice arena an outdoor rink?
2. How thick is the ice in a typical arena?
3. What is the usual temperature of the ice?
4. How many gallons of water are needed to make 1 inch of ice?
5. Why does the ice take longer to freeze during a HS game?
6. How are the logos installed in the ice?
7. What are the different types of resurfacers?
8. Why doesn't the ice resurfacer slip and slide all over the ice?
9. How does the ice resurfacer work?
10. How often is the resurfacer blade changed?
11. Why can't players and coaches be on the ice during a resurface?
12. Why are the nets moved from the goal area of the rink during the ice resurface?
13. What is the machine that is used along the boards and resembles a lawn mower?
14. Why does the dasherboard glass break into tiny pieces at some arenas and at others it will just crack and not shatter?
15. Why are some arenas colder than others?
16. What are some of the activities held at your ice skating facility?
17. What are BumperCarsOn Ice?