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Ice Arena Tour Reflection

Filed under: TLEP — vkurt at 10:25 am on Monday, March 21, 2011

Part 1 – Examine the flooring and surfaces in the BGSU Ice Arena (locker rooms, hall ways, lobby, lounge, walls, ceilings, etc.) for their efficiency based on projected use of the facility and recommendations in Sawyer, Chapter 8.
Part 2 – What is your overall impression of the BGSU Ice Arena?  Does it meet the needs of BGSU and the Bowling Green community or are other updates necessary?

When touring the Ice Arena I the flooring and surfaces in the locker rooms, hall ways, lobby, lounge, walls, and ceilings all stuck out to me. From reading Chapter 8 Indoor Surfaces, it explains that indoor surfaces must be chosen carefully, considereing the nature of the facility and the activities that are planned. The three distinct areas of consideration in facilities; the service areas such as locker rooms, shower rooms and bathrooms. These areas require surfaces that can hold heavy moisture content as well as slip and fall concerns. One thing I noticed about the locker rooms at the ice arena is that the two new locker rooms were pretty  nice and had slip resistant flooring in the shower and the bathroom areas. In the middle and hallways of the lockerroom was a rubbery floor that is intended for skates to be worn on. The main arena is the second consideration in a facilitiy. For the ice arena, the ice rink is obviously the main area for activity because without the ice it would be nothing. The third consideration is administration offices and classrooms. The ice arena does not have any classrooms but they do have a few offices for the coaches, a store where you can rent skates and purchase hockey/ice skating gear, and a ballroom that can be used for meetings or receptions. When going on the tour she talked about how they are adding onto the store and main desk  which is a really good idea because the one they have now is very small and outdated.

My overall opinion of BGSU’s Ice Arena was to me it seems very old and could use alot of renovations. This was the first time I had ever been inside the ice arena and I was not really all the impressed. I’m sure it gets the use it needs out of it but just from the tour I noticed some of the bricks falling off the wall, and how they only did the new flooring in the hallway half way around the building. I just think it looks weird that the flooring just stops in the middle of the hallway. Other than that, the ice rink itself is pretty neat and big. I also think its neat that they have a half size rink on the other side. Another thing that I liked is the lighting situation to where you can have just dimmed lights on to save electricity, theres a practice setting and game setting. So overall I liked the ice arena, and just by hearing the lady talk she knows  there is alot that could be renovated but its the issue of money that only lets her do so much!

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