By Andrea Bennett
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
ONTARIO, Calif. – Contractors poured concrete early Tuesday morning for the floor of the new Citizens Business Bank Arena.
Citizens Business Bank Arena is the home of the Ontario Reign, who begin play in the ECHL in 2008-09 and play their first home game on Oct. 25.
Ken Sears, manager of CSM Readymix in Chino, said he had to create a unique concrete formula for the base of what will be the arena’s ice rink. “There are a lot of tubes carrying liquid to keep the ice cool, and there’s steel, so we use chemically treated concrete that’s not only high in strength but also very fluid, so it seeps into all the areas,” Sears said. “It all works to keep the ice on top cool.”
In order to keep the concrete cool during the complex pouring process, Sears said about 300 pounds of ice is chipped and blown into the mix instead of water just before the trucks leave the plant. Altogether, 250 to 280 yards of concrete will be pumped into the arena floor, Sears said.
To put those numbers into perspective, one concrete truck holds about 10 yards, and one yard of concrete weighs about 3,800 pounds, he said.
“The ice floor is kind of the heart of the building,” said Otto Kroutil, Ontario’s community development director. “Obviously, it has to be poured very accurately and very smoothly, so skaters have a smooth surface….It’s a pretty precise operation.”