What it Takes to Keep Capital One Arena Chilled for the Stanley Cup Final

Boland's Jerry Taylor Interviewed by Nathan Baca, Investigative Reporter from WJLA

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (ABC7) — ABC7 News caught up with one of the teams responsible for keeping Capital One Arena and the Kettler Capitals Iceplex chilled for fans and for players.

While the NHL isn’t saying exactly what temperature it plans to keep the ice at, US Olympic guidelines call for hockey ice to be kept as close to 24 degrees Fahrenheit as possible with an ice depth of 1.5 inches.

“The ice surface is 24 degrees and there's a separate ice chiller plant that will handle that. Typically it's ammonia refrigeration and a lot of pumps and a lot of tubes,” said Jerry Taylor, sales manager at Boland Trane.

Said Taylor, “Humidity is crucial, especially in an ice arena. If the humidity is too high, the dew point is too high, you'll have condensation on your drinks, you'll have condensation on the ice, you can create a fog bank."

Boland Trane stationed portable units outside Capitals One arena – pumping in additional chilled air through tubes attached to the outer wall.