Amway hockey game requires 10,000 gallons of water

September 21, 2011, 1:13 am

In the exact spot where Dwight Howard usually blocks shots and grabs rebounds, there’s now a hockey rink For three weeks, crews have been preparing the Awway Center for Wednesday night’s NHL preseason game between the Tampa Bay Lightningand the St. Louis Blues. The exhibition game is a first for the new arena. Fans might not realize it, but making ice for a big-league hockey game is a lot more complicated than pouring water on the ground and letting it freeze. “There’s an art to it,” said Marshall Palmer, the arena’s operations manager.

On Tuesday, Palmer cruised around the rink in a Zamboni, smoothing the surface and putting a few finishing touches on the one-inch-thick sheet of ice, which sits on top of a slab of cooled concrete. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer even stopped by Tuesday afternoon to try his hand at driving the ice machine. “It’s fun to drive the Zamboni,” he said after a few laps. Crews began installing the ice in late August, and Palmer said it took more than 10,000 gallons of water.


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