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ISU approved Speed Skating Rink in Amsterdam

During the Winter Olympics 2014 the Netherlands won 23 out of the 27 speed skating medals. This record was the result of a long-term investment in the sport. The success was celebrated on a mobile 400 metre speed skating rink installed by Ice-World in the Olympic Stadium in Amsterdam. After the Olympics, the Dutch speed skating professionals competed here in the Dutch Championships. With winning times of 0.36,36 on the 500 metre distance, the rink instantly became the third-fastest speed skating rink in the Netherlands.

Above all, the rink became a tool to promote speed skating among the wider population. More than 100.000 recreational skaters embraced this unique opportunity in the four weeks the rink was open to the general public.


  • ISU approved official size 400 m speed skating rink
  • Built in five days, dismantled in five days
  • Professional competitions and recreational use
  • Private-public partnership and funding.

“The mobile ice rink system proved itself as an excellent platform that my team and I transformed into a competition rink that complied with the regulations of an official ISU ice floor.”

Beert Boomsma,
supervising ice master of ice stadium Thialf Heerenveen

“This should be an example for other countries. One skating rink such as this one is not enough. They did very well here.”

Ottavio Cinquanta,
chairman International Skating Union

Covered 400 m Speed Skating Rink in Rotterdam

Making speed skating possible on sport fields that were not in use in winter-time, was the idea behind this unique initiative in Rotterdam. Within a week Ice-World turned existing hockey fields into a covered speed skating ice rink. The facility was an instant success within the local and regional speed skating community. 150.000 skaters visited the rink in three months’ time.
The specially-designed mobile hall guaranteed not only an all-weather skating experience, but kept the temperatures indoors very low. Combined with an energy-saving cooling installation, the facility used less than 1 kWh/m2 per day. Less than a week after the ice rink was closed, the ground was again in use for playing field hockey.

  • Prize-winning community concept
  • 65% less investment compared to a permanent facility
  • Very high return on investment:
    Initial costs were covered by first season’s earnings
  • Official speed skating marathon competition.

“Despite the very warm winter of ’13-’14, we only used half of the expected energy consumption to cool our track, this was a very pleasant surprise. We are very happy with the commitment, advice, and the supervision of the Ice-World team”.

Robbert Wever,
director and investor of Schaatsbaan Rotterdam

Temporary Speed Skating Rink

The Product

The Ice-World mobile speed skating rink meets all definitions of the official ISU rules and regulations. It is delivered complete with cooling equipment, air-boarding, ice painting and lining and accessories. The speed skating rink can be customized according to clients’ specifications and location requirements. It can be built on nearly any location in a few days, either outdoors or inside a permanent building or mobile structure.

This mobile system is a very economical solution compared to a permanent speed skating facility:


  • Low initial investment
  • Combination with existing infrastructure for other seasonal (summer) sports possible
  • Utilize only in skating season for maximum return of investment
  • Low energy costs.

Photos of the 400 metre speedskating rink

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The making of the Ice-World Grand Oval 400 metre speed skating rink

“Ice-World has proven itself as an indispensable partner. As we had to organise the event within a relatively short period of time, their experience and expertise helped us tremendously regarding commercial and exploitation issues”.

Joris Post,
marketing manager Schaatsbaan (ice rink) Rotterdam

About us

Ice-World International is the leading global supplier of temporary skating facilities. The Dutch company was founded in 1992 and has supplied over 2.400.000 m² of mobile ice rink flooring since then. Customers in more than 40 countries on all continents have rented or purchased products from Ice-World. Next to the first mobile speed skating rink in the world, Ice-World manufacturers ice floors for recreational skating, ice hockey, ice shows, Bandy, and other ice sports.
  • Patented mobile ice rink system
  • High quality ice up to 30°C/86°F at any location
  • ISO 14001 and 9001 certified
  • Own production in the Netherlands.

“Ice-World provided both a 400 metre speed skating rink as an ice hockey size recreational rink for our event. Since the 400 metre track had to meet the official standards set by ISU for competition purposes, and the rinks had to be installed and dismantled in a short period of time, House of Sports made its choice for Ice-World as a supplier at an early stage already. Prior to, during and after the event, we have come to know the Ice-World team as a passionate, professional and committed company.”

Koen Hermens,
managing partner House of Sports, organiser of ‘The Coolest rink in the Netherlands’


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