Airdome Sterzing - new solution in record time
After record snowfalls in the winter of 2021, the ice stadium in Sterzing collapsed under the weight of the snow on 10th February. No one was injured and it quickly became clear that a new solution would be needed.
In the same year as the collapse of the ice stadium in Sterzing (on 10th Feb 2021), northern Italy now has a new ice sports facility for athletes and the public. This may sound unbelievable, but in fact the South Tyrolean company, Intercom Dr. Leitner – together with its business unit REALICE – planned and built a turnkey solution in less than four months: a new airdome with innovative ice technology.
With the investigations still ongoing at the time of the project start, it was very quickly decided that Intercom Dr. Leitner, with its many years of experience in the field of ice rinks, was the right partner for this challenge. The main requirements were to ensure the shortest possible implementation time, profound planning competence and long-term project experience. In the end, REALICE built one of the most modern airdomes in the entire region, which today again offers space for more than 700 fans, host hockey championships and training sessions and is an attraction for the skating-loving public.
One of the first steps in the project, and at the same time a huge challenge, was to drain the ground before the actual work could begin. Another special circumstance facing the entire project was the need to ensure alignment almost simultaneously between technical planning, material procurement and installation on-site. Every single project step had to run 100% hand-in-hand – and here an experienced team of engineers, project managers and installation staff would prove essential.
For ice rinks in general – whether permanent or mobile solutions – the key factor is always to deliver the best ice quality, based on a reliable technology that ultimately provides a perfect experience for athletes and hobby skaters alike. REALICE has established a strong reputation for itself worldwide in this area, and can cite a wide range of both prestigious projects and standard solutions. The highest possible level of quality, reliability and payback in the shortest possible timescales are essential – no matter whether a turnkey or a temporary solution. The patented REALICE ice technology (refrigeration technology and mat systems), the installation of the new board system as well as the project and planning experience were the criteria for success in Sterzing. Finally, in the same year as the previous stadium’s collapse, the national hockey championship was held and both skating-mad children and adults were again able to pursue their passion.
A true lighthouse project for the entire region -
from zero to 100 in less than four months.
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