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Time-lapse video shows LaHaye Ice Center surface redesign

August 2, 2018  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

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A striking new paint scheme and stenciled mesh design were installed beneath the rink of Liberty University's LaHaye Ice Center this week, a sure sign that the 2018-19 season is fast approaching.

"It's about a weeklong process," said ACHA Division I women's hockey Head Coach Chris Lowes, who joined the Club Sports department full time this past spring to serve as its assistant director of facilities and events. "It takes about two days to take the ice out and a day or two to paint and lay the mesh logos and another week to build the ice back up."

Club Sports Assistant Director of Events and Promotions Kaleb VandePerre and Director of Internal Operations Derek Young worked with Liberty's marketing department to create the under-ice design.

This year's design includes a larger LU monogram at center ice. Ice Operations, a company based out of Maine that travels to service rinks around the country, did the painting.

By the time the faceoff circles and red and blue lines were painted and the center ice logo and Liberty Flames verbiage and stencils were set — documented in a time-lapse video produced by Club Sports Assistant Director of Video & Media Patrick Strawn — the ice is still only about a 16th of an inch thick.

Water is sprayed lightly over the surface by firehose and misting machine until the ice is built back up to about an inch and a half by next week. Board repairs will then take place over the next two weeks as well.

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