Over the course of four days, from Nov. 9 to Nov. 12, the sports and entertainment bowl in Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw underwent three transformations.
On the evening of Nov. 9 the facility played host to rock legend Alice Cooper. The event required that the ice in the arena be covered in order to provide seating for the concert, including space for the shock rocker’s theatrical stage to be set.
Following the Alice Cooper concert, one of Saskatchewan’s largest Remembrance Day ceremonies took place. Doug Campbell, Director of Business Development at Mosaic Place, said attendance for the Remembrance Day ceremonies was expected to be in the range of 3000 to 4000 people.
For the Remembrance Day events, crews had only a 24 hour window to dismantle the staging and seating in place from the Alice Cooper concert in order to set up the arena for Sunday’s ceremonies.
“Credit to our operations crew and our operation team. These types of weekends are welcomed weekends,” said Campbell, “this is what we live for in this industry, is to be able to host these types of events and they take it as a challenge and run with it and do a very good job with being able to convert successfully three times in four days.”
Campbell says that in order to quickly convert the facility from a hockey arena to a rock concert, then back again, requires a product called ice deck. “The ice deck provides a durable surface that prevents the cold temperature of the ice from affecting anything above it, and protects the surface of the ice from the heat,” said Campbell.
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