FMC Ice Sports (Facility Management Corporation), the operator of 24 indoor ice facilities in Massachusetts, has ordered two separate REALice Systems for indoor ice facilities in Burlington and Natick. The Burlington Ice Palace and the William L. Chase Arena are both busy, year round, single-pad surfaces averaging between 10 and 13 resurfaces per day. By going to REALice's cold water resurfacing technology, these two arenas are expected to have a combined consumption reduction of over 5,500 therms of natural gas and a reduced electricity usage of around 200,000 kWh per year.
"Dry shaves" are part of the standard REALice maintenance routine. More arenas are dry shaving their ice first thing each morning to set them up for success all day long.
Steven Wolf, Spartan Arena's Director of Athletics, says they've made it a best practice to try and dry shave their ice first thing each morning.
"That sets us up for great ice all day long," he says.
Excess condensation showing on the glass of the boards. Every time the ice gets flooded with extremely hot water, more humidity is added to a rink.
The humidity in a rink is always changing. The outside weather conditions, the number of spectators and players, open doors, gates and garage doors are all contributors to humidity, as are longer seasons with the ice staying in all year round. Of course, using extremely hot floodwater, used many times every day to resurface the ice, doesn't help.
Operators are striving towards optimal humidity levels of 50-55% - some even without a de-humidifier.