Fredericton, New Brunswick - When some of the world’s best curlers arrived in Fredericton, New Brunswick this summer, the city was ready. Willie O’Ree Place had been transformed into a first-class curling venue, eager to host the Everest Curling Challenge from Aug. 25-27.
The city’s director of community services had been in touch with Covermaster over the years, hoping to purchase ice rink covers for the state-of-the-art facility. Named in 2008 after Willie O’Ree, the former Fredericton resident who became the NHL’s first black player in the late 1950s, the venue would be able to extend its functionality with ice rink conversion covers.
Terracover Ice offers a proven way to host events without removing the arena’s ice flooring. In this case, the ice rink flooring allowed the facility to convert an NHL-sized surface into an official curling rink by covering the ice and then removing just enough panels to expose the frozen surface. Remaining panels stayed locked in place with its unique locking system. Water was sprayed on to the exposed ice to create the right conditions for curling, lines were painted and bleachers were set up along the remaining non-slip arena flooring to accommodate spectators and players.
Not only did the ice rink cover’s custom cut and fit create the ideal curling venue, but Terracover Ice’s interlocking, gap-free flooring system offered the versatility needed to transform the rink to exact specifications. Easy to install and remove yet strong enough to bear the weight of forklift trucks, investing in arena flooring conversion was a win for the city’s popular facility.
Posted Sept 20, 2017