It would seem, what winter can we talk about if it is still quite warm in the capital, and the belated “Indian summer” has just passed away? Nevertheless, VDNKh is already in full swing building the city’s largest skating rink with artificial turf.
“It takes at least a month and a half to build it and all the necessary infrastructure,” Alexander Zhestkov, head of the VDNKh press service, told RG. “It will take two weeks to freeze the ice alone, since the area of the ice rink is almost 20.5 thousand square meters.
The skating rink will be located on the Central Alley from Pavilion No. 1 “Central” to Pavilion No. 58 “Agriculture”. In addition to the large circle, there is also a special children’s skating rink with an area of 900 square meters, and the Alley of Lovers around the Friendship of Peoples fountain. Taking into account the social distance, 4.5 thousand people will be able to ride in such a space at the same time.
As in the past year, due to the pandemic, tickets to the skating rink can only be purchased online on the exhibition website. The electronic cash register will be able to stop the sale in time if there are too many people on the ice or, say, in the locker room. It is too early to talk about prices, according to Zhestkov, but as he stressed, the exhibition always strives to maintain an adequate level of prices. Let me remind you that last year a skating rink session cost from 150 to 650 rubles, depending on the day of the week, time of day and the age of the visitor.
This year, the skating rink will have four rental points, two skate sharpening points, a restaurant, a business pavilion, a first-aid post and 10 street food outlets. And for those who like walking around VDNKh, there will also be a pedestrian bridge “Northern Lights”, along which it will be possible to pass through the skating rink.
Traditionally, the skating rink prepares to receive visitors in the second half of November, when the winter season opens in the capital. What the weather will be in the city at this time does not matter for a skating rink with artificial ice. The used cooling equipment will be able to keep the ice cover in working order even at +5 degrees. But skating rinks with natural ice will begin to fill only with the establishment of stable frosts. When should we expect them? The meteorological office of Moscow and the RG region said: “The first snow may fall already at the end of October. But we expect constant snow cover only after 24 November.”
Let me remind you that in winter in the capital there are usually more than one and a half thousand skating rinks with natural and artificial surfaces.