A Guide to Ice Makers for Stadium Concessions

Concert venues, sports arenas, and stadiums can serve thousands of people a day. Music and sports fans don’t want to leave their seat if their drink gets warm, so ice is a necessity. With all those customers, stadium concessions need a high-performing commercial ice machine that can keep up with the crowd. Our ice machine guide for stadium concessions is here to help you choose the perfect ice machine for your concession stand.

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Ice Makers for Stadium Concessions

Types of Ice Machines for Stadium Concessions

  • Modular Ice Machines

    Modular Ice Machines

    These are the most common types of ice machines because they produce the most ice and have the most flexibility regarding storage. These machines only produce ice. You’ll need to include an ice bin to store the ice as well. These machines are the best fit for running a high-volume concession or providing multiple stands with ice. These machines range between 500 – 1800 lbs, but larger machines are also available!

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  • Stackable Ice Machines

    Stackable Ice Machines

    Stackable machines allow users to install multiple ice machines on top of one another. Multiple machines mean you can double or even triple your ice production rate. These systems are very flexible, as they allow concession stands to increase their ice production rate as business grows. If you predict that business will boom during the season, you can install an additional stackable ice maker to meet your needs. Many stackable setups allow for over 3000 lbs of ice a day.

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  • Undercounter Ice Machines

    Undercounter Ice Machines

    Undercounter ice makers are great for full-service bars and restaurants within a sports arena or concert venue. These machines are designed, so bartenders and other serving staff have quick access to ice without taking up a lot of room behind the bar. Undercounter ice makers measure below 40″, so they fit underneath most bar tops and counters. These machines produce less ice than modular or stackable ice makers and, in many cases, act as a second ice machine for bar employees.

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  • Countertop Dispenser

    Countertop Ice Machines

    Countertop ice machines are an excellent way for concession stands to have access to their own ice supply even if they have limited room. These machines fit directly on top of a countertop, so employees don’t have to grab ice from backrooms or access tunnels. Some of these dispensers come with their own storage, while others can be outfitted with a modular ice machine. These are great machines for self-serve stations as well.

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Types of Ice for Sports Arenas or Concert Venues

Stadium concessions need a high volume ice machine with versatile ice cubes that accompany drinks of all kinds. Here are some of the most popular types of ice cubes for stadiums and arenas:

Ice Machines for Sports Arenas

What Type of Condenser Should I Get?

Condensers help to cool refrigerant so your ice machine can freeze water into ice. Each condenser is designed with certain environments in mind. Here are the three most common types:

Air Cooled Ice Machines

Air cooled systems are the most simple and cost-effective cooling system you'll find on commercial ice machines. They are also the most common. They use the surrounding air to cool refrigerant and keep the machine from overheating. These systems require plenty of ventilation to release hot air.

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What are the Installation Requirements for a Commercial Ice Machine?

Ice Cubes for Large Stadiums

We’ve serviced over 10,000 ice machines across the country. No matter the challenge, we know exactly how to keep your hotel ice machine running smoothly. Our pre-installation checklist shows you what you need to provide to install an ice machine in your hotel. If you have a challenging environment, give us a call and we’ll help you find a solution.

Pre-Installation Checklist

Ice Maker Cleaning and Sanitization

Cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing are necessary if you want your ice machine to continually produce clear, safe ice for your office park or campus customers. Mold, slime, and other contaminants can lead to customers getting sick or a bad review from a health inspector.

  • Ice machines for sport stadiums

    Professional Cleaning

    Ice maker manufacturers recommend you receive at least 2 professional cleanings per year to keep your machine safe. If you run a bakery or brewery, you’ll likely require more to combat the yeast in the air.

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    Mold and Slime

    Mold and slime love to proliferate in dark and damp environments – especially if there is a lot of yeast in the air. While mold and slime aren’t dangerous, they can lead to a bad health inspection from your city inspector.

    How to Clean Your Ice Machine of Slime and Mold

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    Ice Bin Cleaning

    Your ice bin also needs routine cleaning. Since your ice is stored in the bin, your employees must look for any mold and slime buildup inside. Regular cleaning is the best way to keep mold and slime at bay.

    Simple Steps for Cleaning Your Commercial Ice Bin

Our All-Inclusive Ice Maker Subscription is Perfect for Stadium Concessions

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Let our team of Ice Machine Experts help you find the ice maker for your sports arena, music venue, or stadium concession. Let us take the work out of choosing a commercial ice machine.

Choosing an ice maker for your stadium or concert venue