Climate control at the rink

I remember playing hockey growing up. I played all of my life and I even played it in college. I remember the smell when you walk into an ice rink. It smells like old ice, old sweat and a slight odor of fried food. I can remember the feel of the sticky tables in the warm rooms. I remember the feel of the cold metal bleachers in refrigerated rink. What I remember most about hockey is the temperature though. All the smells and sights are not as important as the temperature. When you play hockey, it is natural to get cold. Coming to the rink you are prepared for the conditioned air. The locker rooms were barely heated. You would be cold from the outside weather and then would change in an unheated locker room. Taking off your clothes and putting on slightly damp equipment was quite the wake up call. The locker rooms could not have a heater in them though. They were usually right by the ice rink. The rink needs to be a climate controlled environment. The ice needs to stay hard and cold for the game. Once I was on the ice and skating, I was the right temperature. I was thankful for the heavy A/C because of my equipment. The pads get heavy and hot after awhile. Skating and playing makes you sweat and the cold ice is a relief. After the game, the unheated locker rooms were a relief. If they were heated, I probably would not have made it.