Arena ice hot is­sue

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Staff Stanstead

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.

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