Renovated ice arena, innovative ice system near completion
JANESVILLE--When the newly renovated Janesville Ice Arena opens—planned for sometime before Friday, Sept. 21—it will make ice with an innovative system that’s probably the only one of its kind in North America, if not the world.
The ice arena was closed this summer so the city could replace its aged ice-making system. The $2.5 million project also includes a new roof, a new a locker room and a new storage room for the Zamboni ice-cleaning machine.
Bill Scherer, ice arena manager, had hoped to have the arena open for the Janesville Jets exhibition game Friday, but the sealer on the concrete slab beneath the ice appears to be slowing the freezing process, Scherer said. The game instead will be held at the Oregon Community Ice Center.
Scherer expects the rink to be ready for the Jets’ first regular-season game Friday, Sept. 21. The delay will allow finishing touches, Scherer said. The Jets players, for instance, offered to paint the bleachers, and the figure skaters are painting the warming room.
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