Civic Center prepares for Rapid City Rush Season opener
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Begining Tuesday the now empty ice arena will begin it’s the transformation from plain concrete floors to a smooth white sheet of ice, as the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center prepares for the Rapid City Rush’s 10th season.
The process begins with cooling the arena to an ambient temperature of 55 degrees and the floor temperature to a bone-chilling 16 degrees Fahrenheit. The Civic Center team then mists layers of white paint on top of razor-thin layers of ice.
The entire process takes approximately 36 hours and involves several layers of paint, water dispersion, graphic placements and a skilled hand to hand-paint the blue lines and goal creases. When the process is complete the team will have used over 300 gallons of white paint and over 12,500 gallons of water and have created a sheet of ice 1.25 inches thick.