Freezing the Frozen Tundra
by Larry Radloff
Frozen Tundra Classic hockey game pitting Ohio State
against Wisconsin at Lambeau Field – venerable
home of the Green Bay Packers – on Feb. 11 is
the third hockey game in recent history to be played
on such a grand scale. It joins the Michigan-Michigan
State "Cold War" in 2001, which attracted
a world-record hockey crowd of 74,554 fans to Spartan
Stadium, and the NHL's Heritage Classic featuring
the Montreal Canadiens and Edmonton Oilers at Edmonton's
McMahon Stadium in 2003 in that exclusive group.
College Hockey's Larry Radloff lives just down the
road from Lambeau. He's monitoring the preparations
at the stadium in the days leading up to the game.
the dasher boards is the last step prior to putting
down the ice surface.
tubes serve as the rink's circulatory system.
Once assembled, the network of 29 mats - each
measuring 7-by-85 feet - will carry 2,700 gallons
of non-toxic propolene glycol beneath the ice
|Once the dasher
boards are installed, it'll take workers 40 hours
of gently layering water to build an ice surface
with a thickness of approximately two inches.
|A look at the
stadium floor as the winter sun disappears behind
the western edge of the Lambeau Stadium bowl.