Barrie, ONTARIO - How do you make a seamless switch from hockey to hydrangeas? At the Molson Centre in Barrie, Ontario, it’s easy when you invest in ice rink flooring that can transform an NHL-sized ice arena into a home and garden extravaganza.
This summer, city officials contacted Covermaster in search of ice rink conversion covers for the upcoming GoodLife Home and Lifestyle Show scheduled for late September. They chose IceMate, an ice rink conversion system that turns ice arenas into multi-purpose venues. Available in several sizes — the Molson Centre opted for 4x8-foot sheets — the ice rink covers are easy to install and remove, while providing a solid, non-porous surface ideal for special events.
Sports fans know the Barrie Molson Centre as home to the Barrie Colts Junior A hockey team. With pre-season games already underway in September, it was going to take some fancy shuffling to schedule the flooring installation between booked dates. The installation, which included cutting the panels along the corners for a custom fit, was squeezed in between hockey games and the 17,000-square-foot regulation ice surface was soon transformed.
IceMate Storage carts were also purchased as part of the ice rink conversion system. The budget-friendly IceMate option now allows the Barrie Molson Centre to host trade shows, concerts and other special events in addition to their regular sporting schedule.
Posted Oct 19, 2017