Microclimate of ice rinks

'SBK. Sport-Business-Consulting' magazine, issue No 35, published Sergey Bruzgin's article 'Microclimate of ice rinks' devoted to the specifics of designing building services for covered ice complexes.

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Sergey Bruzgin,head of HVAC department of Metropolis

The main requirement for designing and further operation of ice sports venues is the quality of ice and hence maintaining of the temperature and humidity mode required to ensure normal functioning of an ice rink. At the same time the required characteristics of ice grounds for arenas and rinks may differ from each other by microclimate parameters depending on the functional purpose and operation mode of a venue. Despite common principles, a differential approach to heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) needs to be applied for covered rinks and ice arenas.

The main function of HVAC systems is to maintain the temperature and humidity mode in order to ensure:

  • the required parameters of an ice arena;
  • normal work of sportsmen;
  • comfort for visitors at tribunes

HVAC systems should ensure the required microclimate parameters in various functional zones of an ice arena. The temperature of ice in an ice rink area during sports events is limited by technological requirements and equals-7, -5, -4 for short track, hockey and figure skating correspondingly. At the same time the required air temperature at 1.5 m from the ice surface should be within+6….+12, and+10х+15Cat tribunes. The targeted conditions in various functional zones are largely influenced by heat and moisture emissions, which directly depend on the number of audience during public events.

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Dynamo arenawith a capacity of up to 12,000 spectators

Client: SPeeCH

Metropolis specialists developed MEP services for the whole complex at the Project documentation stage, along with CFD modelling of the ice rink.

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The experience gained in working with technically complicated sports venues, along with CFD-modelling enabled us to use this knowledge in complex work for the Moskomsport training rink project located in Moscow, Michurinskiy prospect, Olympiyskaya derevniya, 2. As the General designer of the project, Metropolis was the author of technological, architectrual, structural and MEP solutions.


Covered tranining rink at the area of Olympic village-80 with a capacity of up to 300 persons

Client: KP BSA Luzhniki

Metroplis developed the Project and Working documentation using BIM technologies. In 2017 the project became a finalist of BIM technologies competition organized by the Ministry for Construction of Russia.

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