TRUCK WILL BE ON DISPLAY AT THE SKATING RINK AT PPG PLACE FROM 3:00-9:00. THE MAIN EVENT IS IN TOWN SATURDAY NIGHT — THE PENS TOO THE PLAYERS AT HEINZ FIELD. THEY HAVE BEEN TURNING THE FOOTBALL FIELD INTO A HOCKEY RINK AND THEY ARE WORRIED ABOUT MELTING ICE WITH THE WARMER WEATHER. DAVE CRAWLEY HAS MORE. A PATCH OF WHITE IS BARELY VISIBLE FROM MOUNT WASHINGTON. UP CLOSE WE SEE SECTIONS ARE — SECTIONS ARE COVERED BY PLEXIGLAS AS THEY PREPARE FOR A BATTLE BETWEEN THE PENGUINS AND FLYERS. WHEN WE HAVE 66,000 PEOPLE HERE SATURDAY NIGHT YOU’LL RECOGNIZE THAT THESE GAMES ARE A MAJOR SPORTING EVENT. THEY BEGAN TO LAY THE FOUNDATION A WEEK AGO. THE REFRIGERATION TRUCK WITH OUTSIDE THE GATE. DAYS LATER THE FLUID WAS PUMPED THROUGH A LONG HOSE FROM THE TRUCK TO THE RING. THE NHL FACILITY OPERATOR SAID THE ICE MAKING MATERIAL FILLS 365 FEET OF PIPE UNDER THE ICE. WE HAVE AROUND 4200 GALLONS OF GLYCOL AND THE SYSTEM. THE OPTIMUM ICE TEMPERATURE IS 22 DEGREES. LONG-RANGE FORECAST CALLS FOR 60 DEGREES DURING THE DAY. ALONG THUNDERSHOWERS. AT NIGHT IT SHOULDN’T BE BELOW 40. FREEZING IS 32 DEGREES. IT SOUNDS LIKE A PROBLEM BUT IS IT? NO, 40 — WE LOVE 40. IT HELPS TO HAVE THE REFRIGERANT STANDING BY. WE RUN THE TRUCK UNTIL IT CAN KEEP UP ANYMORE AND THEN WE HAVE A STRATEGY TO REMOVE ICE OFF THE BACK INTO THE RING.

Construction Underway On Ice Rink At Heinz Field
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