The Vernon Arena has a dry floor season and an ice season. Ice events and programs are held in September through February. Dry-floor events and programs are held in March through August.
- The arena bleachers seat approximately 750 spectators.
- The glass that surrounds the dasher boards is tempered glass. Each sheet of glass is four feet by six feet, which makes the pane weigh approximately 170 pounds.
- The Vernon Arena lighting is handled by energy efficient high output florescent lights made possible through Missouri River Energy.
- The Vernon Ice Arena is kept at a temperature between 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit and at 45% humidity during the ice season.
The Vernon Arena ice is National Hockey League (NHL) sized, which makes it 200 feet long by 85 feet wide for a total of 17,000 square feet. The ice is maintained at 1.25 inches thick, which amounts to 12,500 gallons of water.
The ice surface is maintained at 18-21 degrees Fahrenheit. This is made possible by running one-inch glycol tubes through the concrete arena floor, spaced four inches on the center. The load is handled by a four-compressor freon chiller system. Each color in the ice, including the white, is hand-painted once annually. This is done with stencils and paintbrushes. All the colors you see are approximately 1.25 inches beneath the ice surface.
Ice Resurfacer Facts
The Vernon Arena ice resurfacer is a Zamboni Electric Model 552. The Zamboni is powered by 40 battery cells tied in a series, equalling 84 volts on a full charge. This makes it possible to resurface 12 to 15 times on each charge. The ice is shaved with a 70-pound, 77-inch blade hidden under the conditioner.
There are approximately 125 gallons of 150-degree Fahrenheit water used during each resurface. Believe it or not, the two Zamboni batteries weigh 1,750 pounds each, which helps the Zamboni tip the scale at 11,800 pounds.