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If you are going to start participating in the oh so fun sport of curling, make sure you don’t let the skip take over for the lead and throw a burning rock for a blank end before you all take part in some broomstacking.

If you didn’t understand any of that, don’t worry, KwikRink Synthetic Ice can help you with anything you need to know about setting up your own curling lanes or other custom ice rinks. You can also read on and learn a little bit more about curling right here.

That’s Just for Winter Sports Countries, Right?

Curling’s rising popularity among winter sports may make it seem like it’s something new. However, it is one of the oldest team sports around, with its origins reaching back to 16th century Scotland.

Curling was part of the inaugural Winter Olympics in 1924 in Chamonix. It didn’t become an official medal sport until 1998 at the Nagano Winter Games. Most of the years in between, it was present as a demonstration sport only at the Olympics.

Curling needed to have 30 member countries to become a full medal event in 1998. Twenty years later, it has 60 member countries, with more expected. Just like the Jamaican bobsled team, they are not all coming from frigid, snow-covered lands.

Sweden and Canada have dominated the sport at the Men’s World Championships in the recent past. Switzerland has reigned supreme in the Women’s World Championships taking the top spot five times in the last ten years.

What a Gold Medal can do for a Sport

Some of the growing popularity in curling in the US can be attributed to John Shuster and the US Men’s Curling team when they took the gold at the 2018 Olympics at PyeongChang.

Shuster had won a bronze medal in curling at the 2006 Olympics in Turin. The next two Olympics were not as successful, and 2018 was not starting well.

They had lost four out of their first six matches, and things looked bleak. Bleak until the amazing happened.

With the last throw, and by just millimeters, the US Men’s Team defeated the reigning, 3-time, Olympic gold-medal-winning, Canadian team. It kept the US Men’s Team in the competition, and they went on to win that gold medal in 2018.

Curling has always been one of the most popular sports at the Winter Olympics. However, its popularity is on the rise in the US, and around the globe.

Throw a Burning Rock for a Blank End – What???

Now to explain that opening sentence. The skip is the team captain and takes the last two turns for the team. The first two turns belong to the lead. Each turn consists of sliding, referred to as throwing, the 40-44 pound stone down the ice towards a target.

A burning rock is an infraction which occurs if a player touches the stone while it is moving down the ice. An end is like an inning in baseball and is complete when all four team members have thrown two rocks each.

If no points are scored, it is referred to as a blank end. And the broomstacking, we’ll get to that a bit later.

A few more curling definitions are as follows:

  • House – the target at the end of the curling lane
  • Button – the very center of the house
  • Second – team member throwing the 3rd and 4th stones
  • Third – team member throwing the 5th and 6th stones
  • Stone – 40-44 pound polished granite rock pushed down the ice
  • Tee — the lines that cross at the very center of the house

For more terminology, check out the Curling for Dummies Cheat Sheet.

We’re Almost to the Broomstacking

The object of curling is for your stones to be closest to the tee. After both sides throw eight stones each, only the team whose stone is closest to the center of the button can score.

The team with their stone closest to the tee scores one point for every stone that is closer to the center of the house than their opponent’s.

Score points only for those stones that stop in the house. The team with the most points after 8-12 ends wins.

Broomstacking, It’s All About the Broomstacking

Another aspect of curling that is causing its rise in popularity is the social aspect of the sport.  Curling clubs around the US are known for their welcoming community and casually outrageous attire.

After touring curling clubs around the US, John Shuster himself stated:  “it’s a sport built on friendship, camaraderie, and sportsmanship and all the best things in people.”  

So what is this broomstacking thing already? Since a match can consist of 8-12 ends and each end consists of throwing a total of 16 stones between the two teams, these matches can get a bit lengthy.

Initially, curlers would take a break in the middle of a match, stack their brooms on the ice and head inside for a shot of scotch. Most broomstacking has now been relegated to the end of the match, but it is still the accepted tradition. That tradition carries through to even the national and international levels of competition.

Socializing does not have to wait until there is time for drinks, though. There is still plenty of time between throws for discussing strategy or telling tales, which makes curling such an enjoyable sport.

If You Don’t Want a Blank End

Winter clime or desert heat, indoors or outdoors, with or without the scotch, curling is a growing sport. KwikRink Synthetic Ice can design a custom curling lane set up to meet your needs, and you can soon be chatting it up with the skip as to whether that was a burning rock, or not. Make sure you don’t end up with a blank end.

 

The popularity of various ice sports, such as hockey and figure skating, is increasing around the globe. Increasing popularity means a higher demand for practice ice space and therefore, potential mobile ice skating rink business opportunities such as:

  • Hockey training centers
  • Figure skating training centers
  • Entertainment/recreation venues

However, ice space traditionally requires just that — ice, in a single space.  Since you can’t depend on year-round temperatures to sustain ice, synthetic ice tiles are the perfect solution.

Since synthetic ice tiles are also portable, they remove the single space limitation as well, and there is your new venture — a mobile ice skating rink business.

Not only will this give you a sustainable business model all year long, but it also provides your community with a place to play and train safely. Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice for all of your synthetic ice needs. No job is too big or too small.  Let’s take a closer look at what makes this a great business venture.

Year-Round Availability

Depending on your location, operating a traditional ice rink could prove to be cost-prohibitive due to temperature extremes. Maintaining a traditional rink requires temperatures low enough to keep the ice frozen. With a synthetic rink, however, you can set up at any temperature with no fear of melting the ice!

An additional unique benefit of having a synthetic ice rink is that you can build it nearly anywhere. No place is too hot or too cold. No place is too big or too small!  Customize your mobile ice skating rink to any setting.

You can create a large rink for many people or a smaller area for personal practice. With a synthetic ice rink, the only limit is your imagination!

Revenue Opportunities

As a business owner, you want to capitalize on all available opportunities, optimize your revenue, and be successful. Whether envisioning a mobile rink as a pop-up practice area or an entertainment venue, there are plenty of options available for you to customize a rink and generate multiple revenue streams.

The first, and most apparent, income generator is the entrance fee. Keeping your investment and maintenance costs low will allow you to set a favorable entrance fee. Acceptable entrance fees will ensure that those who are skating in your rink return again and again.

In addition to this, many skaters visiting your rink will be there for casual fun. Casual visitors means they don’t have their equipment with them, and will gladly rent from you. Not only will skates be required, but many will also consider safety equipment to be crucial as well. You can conveniently provide these for an additional fee.

A third opportunity to consider is ad space! Your potentially spacious ice rink will have plenty of room for advertising other businesses, generating yet another revenue stream.

Generating ad sales will also give you the chance to reach out to your community and make new contacts. Your business will grow, and your community will thank you for it! It’s a win-win situation.

Lastly, don’t forget about dollars generated by hospitality offerings — food and drinks! Snacks can vary from simple things such as water and chips to a burger and some fries. You could even scale up to full gourmet meals!

It is important to note that everyone coming to your mobile ice skating rink is doing so for different reasons. Providing excellent food with a fun area to eat means a positive experience, and ensures your customers will return and bring friends.

Environmental Advantages

A problem with traditional ice rinks that not many consider is the environmental impact. From indoor air quality to single-use structures, a mobile synthetic ice rink can provide solutions.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has confirmed the concerns of indoor air quality in traditional ice rinks. The problem is with the equipment used to resurface the ice releasing carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), and particulate matter (PM) into the air.

Without proper ventilation, these can accumulate to dangerous levels for your customers and the environment. Mobile ice skating rinks using synthetic ice do not use resurfacing equipment. Your customers and your business do not have to worry about these emissions.

Also, a mobile synthetic ice rink does not require the construction of a permanent building which can result in possible pollution of the site by fuels, paints, solvents, etc.  It also allows the land to be used for more than one type of activity.

Having a safer environment ensures those at your mobile ice rink can have the most fun possible.

Community Involvement

A mobile ice skating rink business created by you will create a fantastic opportunity for you and your community.

The uncomplicated set-up and tear-down of your arena means you can be where your community needs you. This flexibility also allows for versatile land use, environmentally sound practices, and not locking the community into a permanent structure.

A mobile ice rink allows you to set up at multiple locations over time, giving access to more customers.  Older customers or those with children or limited mobility will thank you for giving them an easy to access, and safe, place to enjoy.

On top of this, your business will provide more job options in your community. There will be jobs for people to take tickets and handle rentals.  You may want to hire skating coaches to be available for lessons. Any hospitality options you offer will also need staff and servers to keep the fun flowing!

With all this positive community involvement, your new mobile ice rink is a welcome boon to your community and provides a unique, year-round, entertainment, or practice option.

Your Chance to Succeed!

The benefits of operating your very own mobile ice rink with synthetic tiles are vast! It’s a great business choice with a plethora of revenue options. It’s a safer alternative to traditional ice rinks and will create a healthier and stronger community around you, providing great jobs to others.

When choosing synthetic ice for your business, you want the very best. KwikRink Synthetic Ice has been in the business for over 20 years and can be found all around the globe.

When you choose KwikRink, you are selecting a rink that is high-tech, adaptable to your needs, and extremely durable. With our customer satisfaction guarantee, you can be confident in your decision. Contact KwikRink Synthetic Ice, and we’ll help you build the mobile ice rink business of your dreams.

PLAY HOCKEY EXPO

Are you one of those people or organizations who think year-round ice is the ultimate paradise? Then you’ll enjoy what we have to share about creating portable skating places.

Think “pop-up” skating rink, if you will. It’s possible, convenient, enjoyable, functional, and affordable. Plan your next game, practice, or special event with KwikRink Synthetic Ice and gain insight on some unique portable ice applications.

At KwikRink Synthetic Ice, we specialize in making your all-season ice wishes real with state-of-the-art synthetic surfaces. Call us today to customize your project or event.

Conference time is skating time.

A synthetic ice system is a great way to bring ice-sport specific expos or training conferences to your venue. Our portable rinks feature a unique click-and-lock assembly protocol that goes together with ease.

For corporate events, skating entertainment is a great way to “wow” your client’s attendees with something unexpected. From small to large event spaces, KwikRink has a modular synthetic system that fits your needs.

Synthetic ice is a novel way to invite those attendees to take a break from lectures and workshops during the day. Open lobby space is ideal for a synthetic ice rink.

Your client and their attendees will remember walking into your venue and seeing a fully functional ice rink and skating for a lifetime. Your clients will be able to offer their attendees practical instruction and demonstrations on the spot.

The real-world practice of new techniques comes right into the lecture hall with our versatile systems. We can outfit a space from just a few squares of tile for ice demos, to ballrooms and expo halls.

Need a fun event extra? Add a portable skating rink.

Our portable skating systems are functional on any flat surface.  If you’ve got a backyard or park space that will house your next event, why not add a little extra flair and delight with an ice rink?

Not only do we rent the ice rink, but we also provide rental skates, decorative fencing, and rubber mats to get on and off the ice. Portable skate places with KwikRink Synthetic Ice are a total no-brainer.

We can accommodate nearly any space both outside and inside. Your event-goers will enjoy the thrill of winter skating at any time of the year.

The off-season is the best season for synthetic ice.

Summer hockey or figure skating practice times may be a little hard to come by if you live in an area without indoor frozen water rinks. With a synthetic ice portable rink, you can keep your team or private students in tip-top shape in the off-season.

KwikRink portable synthetic ice rinks work both indoors and outdoors. If you’ve got access to a gym floor, a flat open field, an outdoor hockey rink, or even a conference room, there’s a portable rink system for that.

Plus, with the portability of our rinks, you can rotate practice space and time to accommodate different family schedules during the summer.

Turn your garage into a rink.

For the ice-sport family, kids always benefit from extra practice. Why not set up a little practice ice in the garage?

The tiles fit together quickly for a few rounds of shot practice or transition drills. Once practice time is over, the ice tiles come apart and stack up neatly in your garage for the next use.

How much time does it take to set up a rink?

Of course, the size of the rink you want will impact the set-up and tear-down time. However, installation is a snap. Sections of synthetic ice interlock like puzzle pieces and seal seamlessly.

There’s little need for tools, as the floor pieces press together by hand, and the seams disappear. With both rental and purchased rinks, we do a full install for you in the space you designate.

 

With a rental rink, we’ll also take your arena down at the end of your rental term. With a purchased rink, we’re always available for customer service and assistance. Removing and storing your rink is so easy, we doubt you’ll need us.

It works like real ice.

Though it may be hard to believe, KwikRink synthetic ice systems work just like real ice. You can perform any hockey, figure, or pleasure skating maneuvers on our ice just like you would do on frozen water on a lake or field.

Imagine hockey stops, jumps, spins, direction reversals, and more executed effortlessly.  Here’s a video link to show you what KwikRink synthetic ice looks like in action.

Create a community with portable skating places.

Ice skating is not just for hockey players and figure skaters. Skating is a community-building opportunity. Further, with KwikRink Synthetic Ice, you can create those communities in any flat space.

In our fast-paced, digital world, any chance to get both kids and adults doing activities “in real life” teaches team-building and communication skills. It also provides an alternative kind of interactive entertainment.

In rural and urban areas where families and individuals may not have access to a large number of sports and other activities, ice skating would be especially appealing.

Think about it: your portable ice rink could provide hours of healthy, active, team-building entertainment in your:

  • Church
  • School
  • Community Center
  • Event hall
  • Fire Station
  • Police Station
  • Hospital

Recreational league set-up, private skating lessons, and community ice time are easily added to your space to enhance the general quality of life and community-building initiatives.

Additionally, skating programs can provide another revenue stream to add to your organization’s budget. With a portable ice skating space, you’ll establish reliable business income long after your initial rink investment.

Remember, our rink systems are fully portable, so set-up, tear-down, and storage are fast and convenient. Your ice-time can blend in well to the rest of the programming in your space.

Visit our website today to configure your rink. We’ll be on hand to answer all your questions and schedule your installation. We bring skating, community building, and active enjoyment wherever you want it.