Renovation on the Cantaigue Park Ice Rink took another step toward completion this week as a majority of the board sections were bolted into place and the crew began the task of adding the glass around the rink.
Glass on the spectator's side of the rink is what is called "seamless glass," glass that permits a relatively unobstructed view of the on-ice action. The glass panels are constructed of thick, tempered glass, and is supported side-by-side in a groove along the top of the boards. The glass panels are clipped together at their top corners by brackets and are designed for a virtually unobstructed view of the ice surface.
Most of the rink is now fully assembled, with a section near the zamboni door not yet set as construction continues in that area. The crew was working on digging a trench to accommodate a drainage system to move overflowing water from the rink to outside of the arena.
In addition to the drains, the crew was set to work on installing pipes to bring drinking water directly to the player's benches. The trench seen in the photos below will also house an electrical system that will operate the arena scoreboard. Game officials and scoreboard operators will now be housed on the player's side of the arena, between the home and visitor penalty box area.
The next step in the project involves leveling the gravel in the area on the zamboni door side of the rink. Concrete will then be poured, leveled and must dry in order for the crew to continue anchoring the boards around the arena.
Once the boards are set, the final panes of glass will be set in place, and then the process of re-creating the ice surface will begin.
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The dig in front of the zamboni doors area will include a drainage system, electric to the scoreboard and running water to the player's benches
The new boards in the process of being constructed by the Becker Arena crew
A close up of the unobstructed, crystal-clear view from the spectator's side and the new seamless portion of the glass
The view from the spectator's side of the rink and a look through the new seamless glass
A look at the glass-enclosed penalty box area and official scorer's area near the center ice red line
Workers attach the outer portion of the new Cantiague Ice Rink boards
Painted guides show the crew where the pipes will be set for the new Cantiague drainage system on the zamboni side of the ice
The glass panes are removed from their wooden crates and are ready to be placed atop the boards
The trench stretches outside the rink area and will house the pipes and drainage system
Work continues along the back of the net area
This trench will run beneath the player's benches and penalty box area and will feature running water to the player's benches
Just two weeks into the Cantiague Ice Rink Renovation, and the playing surface is nearly cleared and the rink is nearly ready to be prepped for ice once again