1/30/2017 11:26:00 AM U of Illinois temporarily shutting ice arena for repairs
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The University of Illinois is shutting down its ice arena from March 17 until the beginning of the fall semester so that a new ice mat and refrigeration system can be installed.
School officials say the installation will cost about $1.6 million. Ice Arena representative Bill Zeman says the current refrigeration system is "old and failing" and the new one will be more efficient. The arena was built in 1931.
Zeman says University of Illinois teams that use the arena won't be affected because their seasons will be over by the time the facility closes in March.