A skating arena is basically a giant refrigerator. The essential elements to provide an ideal, safe indoor skating environment are:
- An efficient heating and cooling system
- A well-insulated building
- Mechanical ventilation
- Air dehumidification
Did you know that hockey rinks are usually kept several degrees colder than those used for figure skating? Most arenas offer both, so they need to find the middle ground. Lower temperatures mean the skates dig into the ice easier – which is fine for figure skating. But when there are a large number of hockey players on the ice, the ice would get ruined very quickly at higher figure skating temperatures (the ice is softer!).