PHOENIX -- It was a chilly but festive morning at the Jobing.com Arena today, as crews got busy installing the ice for the 2013-14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL season.
The ice isn't a year-round fixture, since it's too hot and expensive during the summer to keep the ice cold. "You're going to run up your energy bill just like at home," says Jim Foss, GM of Operations. "So you try to minimize those costs if you can."
The process of building up the ice takes several steps and layers. "We're gonna lay a thin layer of water on the ice here," he explains. "Then we'll come out and we'll paint white on top of it. It's a water-based paint. Then we'll slap some chalk lines on it where the red lines and the blue lines are."
The process, when it's finished, will have used about 10,000 gallons of water. Crew also use giant stencils to create sponsor logos on the finished ice.
The Coyotes keep the same ice all season long. "If we have a concert or a basketball game, we have a sub-floor," Foss says. "It's a fiberglass floor, and it goes right on top of the ice. And this ice stays in until we win the Stanley Cup."