SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- With the Republican National Convention move-out nearly complete, crews at Xcel Energy Center are preparing the ice this week for the upcoming Minnesota Wild season.
At 6 a.m. on Sept. 17, 12 miles of refrigerated piping located beneath the arena floor began cooling the concrete from room temperature to 17 degrees Fahrenheit, a process expected to take 12 hours. Once a thin layer of ice has been made, it will be sprayed white and hand-painted with hockey’s familiar red and blue lines. Then, the Minnesota Wild and additional partner logos will be installed and a second layer of ice will be frozen over them.
Ten thousand gallons of Saint Paul city water is needed to make one inch of ice. The ice-making process typically takes 48 hours to complete, resulting in a total ice depth of 1¼” inches. For hockey, the surface temperature is maintained between 22-24 degrees Fahrenheit.
Additionally, an Xcel Energy Center ice-resurfacing machine will be driven back inside the arena today from its off-site storage location during the Convention.
The Minnesota Wild will play its first preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at Xcel Energy Center. It will be the first event in the arena since the Republican National Convention was held there Sept. 1-4.
For more information on Xcel Energy Center, visit www.xcelenergycenter.com.