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Old 09-30-2013, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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I live in Toronto, and I am laughing, reading about the idea of "synthetic ice '.

Yes , it can be done, and I have seen it as a novelty act, at a indoor sportsmens show here in Toronto, a few years ago. It was a flop. It is soft surface plastic sheeting, and it isn't really viable for long term use. It wears out fast.

As for private hockey arenas, as business investments in the USA. I would say maybe. If the area has enough people who are willing to pay to play.

Here in Toronto the city operates over 200 public hockey rinks, both out door and indoor. There are a few private multi rink indoor arenas, that were built by private companies, and they do make money, as they are open 24/7, while the city rinks close at 11pm. As a rule in Canada, the city or town has all ready built many rinks, as we need them.

If it were me....... I'd build paint ball arenas, in old factory buildings. Given the gun culture and the number of young males who love the shoot em up video games, the idea should be a good one. It could be combined with a go cart track, and a climbing wall area.

On the idea of go karts. A couple of smart guys here in Toronto have a very successful, indoor go kart track that has a unique wrinkle. They have a racing league, that provides everything that a driver needs, except a helmet, for a season of 24 races( Saturday every week ) with fuel, maintenance, and insurance, for a total cost of $900. This year they have 12 classes, based on age and body weight, that totalled over 400 racers. They also have rental carts at $ 2 a lap, that are available for 12 hours a day, except Saturday. Located in a industrial section of the west end of Toronto, they are making money, for sure.

Have a old race track in your area, that is till operating ? How about a business that offers a chance to "drive a race car " on the days that the track isn't holding races. Up here, we have a couple of them. One is on a third mile asphalt oval, with V8 late models, that have a passenger seat for a instructor. They charge $399 for a 4 hour " experience " that includes pre track training, suit and helmet, 15 laps on the track and photos and a shirt. The other one has high speed go karts that can break 120 mph, on a road course. They offer a half day for $499, and full day for $600, with lunch and video, and instructor. Both are fully booked all summer long.

Jim B.

Toronto.
Of course you're laughing - you are Canadian with access to long winters and good ice (you all can be ice snobs!)....You are from a country where sweeping the ice with a broom is considered sport... LOL (actually my DH is Canadian). This reminds me of my friend from Paris who couldn't stop laughing at our fake chateaux here (e.g. Medieval Times).

People (e.g. parents who want to give their kids the "experience") might pay (a lot) for fake ice and fake castles. U.S. hockey parents are particularly money-dropping in this area. Real ice time is at premium prices in most areas (except Minnesota) with undesireable hours (4:00 am hockey practice anyone?). Hockey (and figure skating and roller hockey/derby I think) is in a growth mode - look at USA hockey numbers - and parents are crazy. I think a synthetic ice rink could have a good market.
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Old 09-30-2013, 08:31 PM
 
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People (e.g. parents who want to give their kids the "experience") might pay (a lot) for fake ice and fake castles. U.S. hockey parents are particularly money-dropping in this area. Real ice time is at premium prices in most areas (except Minnesota) with undesireable hours (4:00 am hockey practice anyone?). Hockey (and figure skating and roller hockey/derby I think) is in a growth mode - look at USA hockey numbers - and parents are crazy. I think a synthetic ice rink could have a good market.
But the synthetic ice just has not caught on. The best I have seen is a small room size area made of synthetic ice that they use for some kind of practice.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:36 PM
 
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Default Can't find a field

You can't find a decent field to play on with your buddies in the spring and Fall because it's run by all the county leagues. And of course winter time is where you make your big dollars in the North East. If you build it they will come.
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