Sep 20, 2012

Cox Convention Center Hosts SMG Ice School

Ice makers from across North America converged on Oklahoma City for SMG’s Ice School this week at Cox Convention Center.

SMG, the global leader in venue management, offered hands-on training to ice technicians from SMG-managed arenas with ice sheets. The two-day course Sept. 18-19 included instruction on ice making, ice painting and ice resurfacing machine operation.

Those who successfully completed the course obtained certification as an SMG Ice Technician.

“The staff of the Cox Convention Center were honored to host this year’s SMG Ice School,” said Gary Desjardins, general manager of Cox Convention Center. “This event provided us with a unique opportunity to showcase our facility and our city to over 30 of the best ice makers and industry leaders from around the country.”

Ice School took place during the installation of Cox Convention Center’s ice sheet for the upcoming Oklahoma City Barons season. The Barons, fresh off an appearance in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Finals, open their home season Friday, Oct. 19 against San Antonio.

The nearly 48-hour ice installation process included a unique opportunity for two Barons fans to assist the staff in preparing the ice surface. The fans, Dennis Eagan and Allan Wallace, were selected from an online contest on the team’s website. They assisted in the process of creating the ice, painting lines and circles and placing logos on the ice surface.