Making Ice at Verizon Center

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Posted September 11, 2014

(Photos by Caps Outsider)

A crew at Verizon Center started putting down the ice this week in preparation for the NHL season. We caught some of the first steps, but it’s a multi-day process and set to be finished on Friday. Here, they put down the lines, painted them, and put down the ads and logos.

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Here’s Verizon Center before the ice goes down. It’s just white concrete that only LOOKS like ice.

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Yes, yarn is required for making a hockey rink.

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Proton packs are required for making an ice rink.

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The blue line was one of the first things to be painted.

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They used to paint the logos on the floor. Now they just put down banners.

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MMMMM. Hopot Mexicana.

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A worker stencils one of the face-off circles.

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Center ice!

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Here’s the floor plan. Chipotle, Verizon, Bud Light and Capital One logos are shown with exact placement.

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This is a machine that has something to do with making ice.

Here is the view from the press box later on:

For those of you who are interested, concrete bases aren’t the only bases used in ice rinks. There are also sand-based rinks. Here’s what they look like under the ice:

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Ben Sumner
Ben Sumner is the editor of Capitals Outsider. He also works for The Washington Post and contributes there when he gets a scoop.
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