Construction began today at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato for the new hockey arena. This is the first time the Center has replaced the rink since it opened in 1995. Crews pouring concrete and intricately leveling it for a flat surface, because the flatter the surface, the better the ice conditions. Ultimately making it more cost effective. Officials there say the facility will become a lot more sustainable. They are reducing the facility's carbon footprint because they are using a much smaller quantity of refrigerant in the ice equipment room. They are going from 6,000 pounds of R-22 down to about 800 pounds. So that's substantial reduction.
Crews started work at 7 this morning and were done with the concrete pouring by noon.