It’s been a long time coming but finally for the first time the ice is being laid at T-Mobile Arena. As part of a walk-through for Frozen Fury coming up in September the fine folks at MGM will take the floor of T-Mobile Arena from a boring concrete slab to the most beautiful sight in all of sports, a fresh sheet of ice.
We’ve got pictures, videos, and will even have a chance to speak to some of the people making this happen, and we’ll have them all here throughout the day.
Pre-prep for laying the first white layer.
Click through to see this mega post including the incredible time lapse video of the whole process!
Laying the first white layer.
Dan Quinn, VP and GM of T-Mobile Arena talking Frozen Fury, international events, and taking care of the ice surface in Las Vegas.
George Salami, T-Mobile Arena Conversion Manager talks all things ice as it pertains to Vegas.
Do you expect this to be a fast track?
We’re going to be right up there with em, we’re gonna try our best. You can put that online. I’m going right up against em. Absolutely.
Incredible view of the video boards.
George Salami talking about the feeling of finally having hockey in Las Vegas.
Measuring out the red line.
Painting the blue line.
Logos beginning to be painted on. NHL logo in the middle next.
Laying of the logo!
VP of Ticketing and Suites Todd Pollock on the bench.
Smoothing out the logos.
Testing out the sound system.
The final product. Come and see it for yourself Monday and Tuesday.
Ice Laying Process
When the concrete slab is at our desired temperature of 16-17 degrees, using a hose and spray wand we lay 3 to 4 layers of clearwater across the entire rink which is called black ice. 1- 2 hours
When that is achieved we mix white paint and using the same process we lay 3 layers of white across the entire rink , until a perfect solid white surface is achieved. 2 hours
We then go back to using the same process as we did in step one using just clearwater again sealing in that white paint, so it is protected from bleeding and keeping it a solid white color . 1-2 hours
Once this is achieved we start the line markings and logo set up. 1-2 hours
Next we start the painting of the lines the circles the creases and laying the center logo down. 2-3 hours
Once all of the painting and logos are set on the ice we bring out the hose and the wand again and start spraying, one layer of water at a time across the entire rink sealing in the painted lines circles creases logos etc. TBD hours
The spraying of water one layer at a time will continue 24/7 until three quarters of an inch is reached in ice thickness , then we will bring out the Zamboni and start flooding until 1 to 1/14 inches is reached in ice thickness.
-George Salami, T-Mobile Arena Conversion Manager
Here’s the time lapse of the entire process. Thank you so much to Lisa Campos and everyone at MGM, AEG, and T-Mobile Arena for letting us post this.
Video Courtesy: MGM Resorts International