How an indoor arena makes an ice hockey rink

Here’s a glimpse of the process of how an NHL arena turns a concrete slab into an official ice hockey rink. It’s footage from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, a place that’s hard enough to get water (let alone ice). The process of putting the ice rink together is quite quaint, it involves string and paint and markers and stencils and a powerful ice blowing machine. Like a giant elementary school project.

The soundtrack to the video is bad, just warning you.


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I’m kind of surprised at how much of the painting is done by hand. I just assumed they had some big machine that would do the painting for them.