Ice Palace Plans a Hot Final Night

See coverage on ESPN's televised NHL All Star Game
February 6, 2004

Since Jan. 22, the St. Paul Winter Carnival Ice Palace has brightened many Minnesota nights with its colorful appearance on the Minnesota skyline. Feb. 8 is its final night. To celebrate this temporary frozen landmark, the National Hockey League (NHL) is hosting its All-Star Game with the Palace as its backdrop.

NHL action takes place Sunday at the xCel Center, across the street from the ice kingdom, and is broadcast on ESPN.

After the game, the cameras give coverage to the live performance of the Barenaked Ladies. This pop band is setting up its own staging and lights in front of the Palace in a special show designed by Frattalone & Associates Inc. of St. Paul and programmed by High End Systems' Tim Grivas.

The Ice Palace is constructed using 27,000 blocks of ice, each weighing 500 pounds. This structure measures 240 feet wide, with turrets towering to 75 feet high. A wall of ice surrounds the grounds with 20-foot high turrets. Adding to the spectacle is a fountain with a 20-foot high flame, two stages for entertainment and an ice rink.

The entire 5-acre site is enhanced with nearly 500 High End Systems lighting products supplied by HES in Austin, Texas, and TLS of Huntsville, Ala. Besides the general illumination, spectators are treated to a special 8-minute light and sound show that runs frequently throughout the evening.

This year's Ice Palace is a showcase of High End Systems products:

  • 213 ColorCommand

  • 22 ColorMerge

  • 24 ColorPower

  • 27 x.Spot Xtreme

  • 94 C16

  • 27 Trackspot 2

  • 15 Technobeam

  • 8 Studio Beam

  • 4 EC-2

  • 20 Dataflash AF1000

  • two Wholehog III consoles

Lighting design is by Frattalone & Associates. HES' Tim Grivas is the Ice Palace show co-producer and TLS' Chris Lighthall is head electrician/system integrator.

Media Contact:
Debi Moen, HES marketing communications specialist, phone 512-836-2242 x 1204