$4.2m imported ice rink to be built for top games in NZ


A 60m by 30m portable ice rink holding 250,000 litres of water is to be specially imported from Amsterdam for the events.
Promoter Craig Douglas says the rink is the largest of its kind in the world, and will be transported throughout the country in nine 40 foot containers.
“Fifty staff will be employed to lay the floor and erect the dasher boards and glass bunting. This floor will take 48 hours to build and freeze, and will cost $2000 a day to maintain,” Mr Douglas says.

The games will attract an estimated 25,000 spectators to witness special effects, with the tour being lead by Colorado Avalanche defender Kyle Quincey who has played more than 500 games in the NHL and is considered one of the best in the business.

“Sound and lighting effects, pyrotechnics and flamethrowers are just the beginning. Sports fans will witness all the action and aggression live on the big screen, with slow motion replays, getting up close and personal.
“For these players to come here to New Zealand is a massive privilege. The infamous rivalry between these two nations won’t be left at home.”

The games will be held in Auckland’s Vector Arena on July 23, Christchurch’s CBS Canterbury Arena on July 30 and the Dunedin Ice Stadium on August 3.
All games will be filmed for international television and screened in New Zealand, Canada, the United States and Australia.

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