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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

The Ice Down

With that Circus that is Britney Spears in town last night, the Coliseum was only able to start the transformation into hockey mode today.

The dashers and glass are up, but the ice is currently being laid down. It’s a full 24-hour process. At 5:15 PM they are finishing painting the center ice logo. They still have to paint the in-ice sponsor logos. That will probably take 90 minutes to 2 hours. After that, it’s layer upon layer of ice, all of which has to completely freeze before the next goes on top.

It always amazes me how bright and sharp the blue and orange paint looks when it’s fresh on the ice. It obviously just dulled with the ice layers that are put on top.

The Coliseum will not have the ice ready for the Islanders tomorrow at 10:30 AM for their morning skate which will have to be held at Islanders Iceworks. However, it will apparently be ready for the Minnesota Wild's (probably optional or non-existent) morning skate at 11:30 AM.

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