Your Complete Guide to Ice Makers for Stadium Concessions
Concert venues, sports arenas, and stadiums can serve thousands of people a day. That's thousands of drinks served per event, and each one needs ice. Stadium concessions need high-performing commercial ice machines that can keep up with the crowd. Use our ice machine guide to choose the perfect ice making equipment for your facility.
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Types of Ice Machines for Stadium Concessions
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
What are the Installation Requirements for a Commercial Ice Machine?
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 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.
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.
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.
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Whether your facility hosts a pro sports game or a major artist's concert, you can expect thousands of people to show up in a single night. That's a lot of ice you need to serve! Having commercial ice makers on site is the only option that makes sense--and you don't need to spend a fortune or set aside a ton of time to purchase and maintain those ice makers.
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