Opened in 1940 by the Zamboni family. In 1949, Frank J. Zamboni invented an ice resurfacing vehicle to speed up the amount of time to create a clean ice surface. Over the years, his invention evolved, using this rink as a test area for new ideas.
The rink itself was an innovation of itself, and it's design was patented in 1946. Instead of a grid of pipes under the surface (which caused ripples on the surface), a series of 1/2" thick tanks were the foundation.
Originally an outdoor rink, the southern California weather conditions proved too tough, so it was converted to an indoor facility. Over the years, many improvements have been made to keep it modernized. It is still owned by the Zamboni family.
Zamboni ice resurfacers are still built at the company's nearby headquarters, with over 8500 units sold.
By milwhcky @ 2007-08-08 14:32:22