Arena ice hot issue
No ice yet at the Pat Burns arena as some of the concrete, not the ice rink itself, is not yet cured with the side effect that the moisture level is still too high on the rink concrete to have the epoxy coat stick correctly to the cement. So right now the arena is being heated in order to remove as much moisture as possible, said Hélène Hamel of Stanstead College.
A technician working at the arena yesterday, speaking anonymously, told the Stanstead Journal that the inside temperature was in the neighbourhood of 38 degrees and that it is hoped that this will be enough to dry the concrete that is too wet, mostly in the players room area.
The delay has already cost the $10,000,000 arena a cancellation of an event that was to have started on Monday. Mrs. Hamel said the College is confident that the girls hockey school scheduled for the end of the month will go on in time.
When the rink is ready, it will first be coated with about an inch of water, then the lines will be drawn and finally a top coat will be applied. The new surface doesn’t need as thick of an ice cover as the old one.
The ice at the Pat Burns Arena should be ready before the end of the month.