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Mexico has the biggest ecological ice rink in the world

Mexico, Mexico City
December 16, 2019 at 06:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Artificial and ecological, the new biggest ice rink in the world is in Mexico City. Installed in under 24 hours at Zocalosquare, the area was made of synthetic ice to preserve the environment and save public money.

Footage from Sunday shows people of all ages skating over the 4,000 meters (43,000 sq ft) rink, set up to save water, electricity and emit zero CO2 into the atmosphere.

According to Hans Broder, representative of the company responsible for the rink in Mexico, when compared to rinks made of real ice, it saves the energy for 4,000 houses.

"We try to get closer to natural ice. When you slide on the synthetic ice, some molecules and a liquid are released, some micro-drops of lubricating liquid that allow you to slide like its footsteps on ice," he said.

For professional ice hockey player Sebastian Alcantara, the similarity with real ice was impressive. "This is the first time I have skated on synthetic ice. Everybody has told me that it was very bad, slippery, uncomfortable. It changed a lot my perspective to try it, it is a project that I am supporting. After so many years, I did not expect anything to look like ice until now."

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Artificial and ecological, the new biggest ice rink in the world is in Mexico City. Installed in under 24 hours at Zocalosquare, the area was made of synthetic ice to preserve the environment and save public money.

Footage from Sunday shows people of all ages skating over the 4,000 meters (43,000 sq ft) rink, set up to save water, electricity and emit zero CO2 into the atmosphere.

According to Hans Broder, representative of the company responsible for the rink in Mexico, when compared to rinks made of real ice, it saves the energy for 4,000 houses.

"We try to get closer to natural ice. When you slide on the synthetic ice, some molecules and a liquid are released, some micro-drops of lubricating liquid that allow you to slide like its footsteps on ice," he said.

For professional ice hockey player Sebastian Alcantara, the similarity with real ice was impressive. "This is the first time I have skated on synthetic ice. Everybody has told me that it was very bad, slippery, uncomfortable. It changed a lot my perspective to try it, it is a project that I am supporting. After so many years, I did not expect anything to look like ice until now."

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