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NHL Ice Surface Poured at Little Caesars Arena

A major step in preparing for the Detroit Red Wings ice surface got underway today as crews made an all-day concrete pour on the event level of Little Caesars Arena.

Construction crews undertook the intricate process of encasing a system of ice-cooling steel pipes in concrete to keep the ice surface completely flat.

After being poured, the concrete will sit, untouched in a curing process, for 30 days. A standard NHL ice surface is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide—not until early summer will the first sheet of ice be poured on the new concrete floor.

Concrete was poured just six weeks after the start of excavation inside the arena. The state-of-the-art ice-cooling system will keep the surface extra cold during Detroit Red Wings games and serve as a base under hardwood floors for Detroit Pistons games.

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