Preparations for Pink in the Rink beginWritten by Vincent D. Scebbi | | email@example.com
Barely an hour had passed since end of the Toledo Walleye game against the Cincinnati Cyclones on Feb. 24 when Jesus Rivera and his ice crew went to work coloring the ice for the Pink in the Rink games March 2-3.
All proceeds from the annual Pink in the Rink events, such as the pink jersey auction March 2, will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for breast cancer research.
Rivera, the operations manager at the Huntington Center, said his crew was under a tight deadline to color the ice before the next morning, because they had to begin preparations for the two Bob Seger concerts on Feb. 27 and March 1.
“I really only have until 4 a.m.,” Rivera said. “Then I won’t see the ice again until Friday night.”
As soon as the second concert ends, Rivera said his crew will begin rebuilding the ice rink, remove the floor so the ice will be visible and then make final preparations before the Walleye host the Evansville IceMen on March 2.
To dye the ice, Rivera said the crew sprays a layer of resin, which is a fine powder-like white paint and then a layer of pink dye is sprayed on the ice.
The mixture of dye is a combination of water, pink liquid dye and resin. Only a little bit of dye is required for the process, about 8-10 ounces per 100 gallons of mixture.
“That little bit makes the giant thing look like Pepto-Bismol,” Rivera said.
Once the dye is on the ice, the crew seals it in place with approximately one-fourth inch of water.
Rivera said the process requires approximately 300 gallons of mixture to color the rink.
Because this year’s Pink in the Rink is two games instead of one, Rivera said he is expecting to make repairs following Saturday’s contest.
Following the Walleye’s game against Trenton and the postgame skate, Rivera said the two zambonis will dry cut the ice until all the dye is removed and then his crew will wash and clean the ice.