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Saville ice is going back in

Posted on May 31, 2017
May 31, 2017: Ice installation process begins! A good clean of the concrete surface to remove any dirt and debris ensures good adhesion and a smooth surface to build the playing ice. 



June 4, 2017: After approximately 2 full floods per day, we have ice! In the photo, you will notice the pin sticking out of the ice. That gives you a good idea of how much more ice we still need to build up to get the excellent playing surface our curlers are used to. Still have some work to do! 


June 6, 2017: Ladies and Gentlemen... We have white! Today is day 1 of painting the beautiful white surface you are all familiar with seeing on the curling rinks.



June 10, 2017: It takes many coats of paint being sprayed in a fine mist to get the clean white surface you are used to play on. Then a few more floods to seal it in. Here you will see the individual sheets are starting to come to life! 



June 12, 2017: With the use of your standard colored yarn, the borders are created where the rocks are kept in the home end. The lines that separate the sheets are created with yarn as well. They are then sealed in with a few layers of water; concentrated over the lines only.



June 14, 2017: Widely unknown fact: The rings in our curling rink are hand painted. In order to get the perfect edges and correct size, we cut grooves into the ice to contain the paint on the inner and outer edges of the rings. In one day's work, the grooves are cut for both ends on all 10 sheets.


June 15, 2017: The grooves at the edges of the circles are filled with green paint to create a perfect border for the 12-foot outside circle of the rings. 



June 19, 2017: The rings are getting filled in today. All of our rings are hand painted by our talented head ice tech. And ironically enough, they are painted with a curling broom! Once again, we are sporting the University of Alberta Green and Gold.



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