Our Ice Maintenance Team passed us some very interesting stats about the Zambonis (ice resurfacing machines) recently. They calculated that our two Zambonis have done in excess of 915,000 miles since the venue re-opened in 2000….that equates to our Zambonis going around the Earth nearly 37 times!!
The Zamboni was invented by Frank J. Zamboni in the 1940s. Back then, resurfacing the ice meant pulling a scraper behind a tractor, shaving the surface. Three or four workers would scoop away the shavings, spray the surface with water and squeegee the dirty water away. This was followed by applying more water that would be allowed to freeze — a process that took more than an hour! It wasn’t long before Frank attempted to develop a machine that would make the task of ice-resurfacing fast and efficient and the rest, as they say, is history!
However, running a Zamboni doesn’t come cheap! Our Team use eight bottles of propane a week to keep them going and the machines themselves cost £70,000 each.
With approx. 16 ice resurfaces taking place every single day at the NIC, the Zambonis are essential to maintaining the quality ice we have here. Their longevity is a result of excellent in-house maintenance and correct operation so nice work Ice Maintenance Team!
We have plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained this Easter!
Parent & Toddler Sessions
Parent & Toddler ice skating sessions are an ideal activity for children aged between 18 months and five years. You can hire a skating aid to help them with their balance and co-ordination and help them to gain confidence and have fun on the ice. Prices for the Parent & Toddler sessions are £6.50 for a parent and child, including skate hire for both. Full details here.
Easter Skating Party on Good Friday
The perfect way to banish school holiday boredom this Easter. An Easter Skating Party will take place on Friday 18 April, 1pm – 3:45pm. With lots of Cadbury Easter goodies to give away, it’s an ideal party for all ages. Full details here
Public Skating Sessions
Skate in our public skating sessions which take place every single day throughout the Easter holidays at a cost of £6 (plus £2 skate hire). Details on session times can be found here.
For details on all the activities and events taking place at the National Ice Centre this Easter, go to www.national-ice-centre.com, call 0843 373 3000 or visit Ticketing & Customer Services, Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, NG1 1LA.
After Nottingham’s final performance of Dancing On Ice The Final Tour yesterday evening, the National Ice Centre is celebrating Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean as they have made more appearances at the venue than any other performer in the National Ice Centre’s history.
The venue is proud to have hosted Nottingham’s Torvill and Dean more than 30 times during their career, including the official opening of the National Ice Centre, The Royal Gala to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the Gala to commemorate the Olympic Flame and Torch Relay visiting Nottingham ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In addition to this, the Dancing On Ice live show has visited the venue 27 times, seeing celebrities and professional skaters perform alongside Torvill and Dean to over 135,000 fans.
To celebrate last night’s occasion Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive of the National Ice Centre and Capital FM Arena, greeted the pair with gifts and thanks for their support ahead of their Dancing On Ice performance.
Geoff said “Jayne and Chris are an asset to Nottingham and the National Ice Centre, our venue wouldn’t be here without them. This may have been the last performance of Dancing on Ice but Torvill and Dean are always welcome at their home from home.”
The Capital FM Arena and National Ice Centre have purchased brand new spectator netting as part of the venue’s continued investment into facilities and safety equipment.
Next week, the venue will install NHL approved black netting which complies with all the statutory ice hockey authorities and is in use in the majority of NHL venues, including the Joe Louis Arena (home of the Detroit Red Wings) and TD Bank Garden (home of the Boston Bruins).
Geoff Huckstep, Chief Executive, Capital FM Arena and National Ice Centre said: “The NHL tested the safety mesh for impact on spectators and television cameras. They found that black absorbed the light better than white and was less of a distraction overall, hence our decision to install the black netting.
“The more observant of fans may notice the change in netting but we can assure fans that this new netting will not affect visibility.”
The new netting will be in place ready for the Playoffs on 5 & 6 April 2014.