Dec. 12, 2013
For any sport on ice, the Zamboni is a popular fixture. This winter, Main Street Arena is giving people the chance to learn how to drive the ice making machine.
Zambonis clean up torn ice on a rink and leave fresh smooth ice behind. Mark Brown, Main Street Arena's owner says people have begged to get a chance to ride on the Zamboni.
"We've had requests over the years for people that wanted to drive the Zamboni," said Brown. "People see them on TV. Everybody is interested in driving them."
Most of the Zamboni is just like a car, with a special conditioner on the back that shaves the ice, picks snow up, cleans the ice, and makes the new ice. Water at a minimum of 160 degrees is used to created new smooth ice because it freezes faster.
"If you use cold water it gets really bumpy and just uneven freezing; not good ice at all. Warm water is the way to go," said Main Street Arena operations manager Michael Pleasants.
Participants in the class will get to learn about the Zamboni, and also take it for a spin around the rink. The two separate classes will be on Dec. 26 and Jan. 2.