Curling Club introduces synthetic ice sheet
- Carthage College
The Carthage Curling Club now has an outdoor space to practice on campus, no matter what the temperature is.
The student organization purchased a 600-square-foot synthetic ice sheet that’s been installed semi-permanently on the patio behind the Johnson Arts Center. Club president Maile Riedel ’23 and vice president Cal McCormick ’22 led a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 10.
Although the four-season PolyGlide surface can’t replicate the conditions of real ice, Maile says the curlers can use it to refine strategy and techniques. It allows them to supplement the club’s ice time at the Racine Curling Club.
In the sport of curling, each team tries to slide its polished stone into a circular scoring area known as the “house.” Teammates can steer the stone by sweeping the ice with a special broom.
The ice sheet, which measures 50 feet long and 12 feet wide, cost $8,000. About 30 students belong to the Curling Club, which plans to schedule learn-to-curl sessions.