[WORLDKINGS] On this day - February 12, 2023 – The 144th Anniversary of North America's first artificial ice rink opened at Madison Square Garden, New York (1879)


(Worldkings.org) On February 12,1879, the 1st 'artificial' ice rink in North America was opened at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Madison Square Garden opened an artificial ice rink in 1879. It was a massive spectacle, covering 6,000 square feet: only a temporary rink but quite an extravagant event with a spectacular ice show performed at its opening.


Public spectacles have been the mainstay of entertainment at least since the ancient Roman times. Roman rulers built massive arenas for stage plays (and to throw heretics to the lions). Madison Square Garden, one of the largest spaces of its kind, came from the arena tradition.

In its original form it housed a velodrome — cycling was all the rage in those days — and enough capacity to seat 10,000 people. It also held the first indoor ice hockey rink. On this day, February 12, in 1879, the first artificial indoor ice rink opened within Madison Square Garden.

The rink was a marvel of innovation: over a mile of wrought-iron pipes transported liquid ammonia brine through a layered floor, cooling it to the freezing point of water. Four inches of water were then sprayed on the surface, the equivalent of several tons of ice.


According to famousdaily.com

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