Video: WZZM shares behind-the-scenes clip of Van Andel Arena’s ice being painted

Per WZZM 13 on YouTube:

WZZM 13’s Matt Gard has more:

“The logos are easy to put down, but we did a lot of painting,” said Stafford Murray who works for Van Andel Arena.

“We did the painting this morning and we got it done pretty quick.”

When Murray says it’s easy, you have to remember he’s worked for the arena since 2002. So for him and his co-workers, a lot of this is old hat, but to someone who’s never seen the process in person before, it can be quite impressive.

After the painting is done, the crew uses a pump sprayer to put a thin layer of water over the artwork. Pipes under the rink cool the surface so that the thin layer of water freezes almost instantly and acts as a sealant before workers are ready to put down heavy water.

“We’ll be doing this today and tomorrow. It probably takes two shifts to get the ice thick enough,” Murray said.

“We got the hard part done already. This is the easy part, but it’s time-consuming because you can’t put down a lot of water at one time. You have to put a certain amount down and let it dry, and then start over.”

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