KingMike asked in SportsOlympics · 1 decade ago

Why are they using an NHL size Ice Hockey rink (200' x 85') for the Vancouver Olympics?

instead of an international size rink (200' x 100')??

4 Answers

  • Mr.B
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    It was decided that Vancouver could use North American size rinks (to save retrofitting existing rinks or the cost of building new ones that would need to be changed afterward) but played under IIHF rules. This is the norm for tournaments played in North America now.

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  • 4 years ago

    I read something about long time needed to expand the rink. Also more fans can attend the games when the rink is small. I don't think team Canada will benefit that much from teh smaller rink since most of the players from European teams play in NHL anyway.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Budgeting concerns. VANOC received special permission from the IOC a few years ago to use NHL size rinks. The cost to retrofit the existing stadiums to comply with international specifications would have been unreasonable.

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  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    So that Team Canada would have an advantage to win the gold medal since playing on an NHL size rink is what they are most familiar with.

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