Power problems force postponement of Pennsylvania Roar game at Santander Arena

Arena lost power, causing ice rink to melt and flood floor

Posted: 10:10 AM EST Feb 06, 2014   Updated: 6:24 PM EST Feb 06, 2014
Santander Arena ice melt

While many of us plagued by all the ice and snow are anxious for it to melt, that four-letter word -- m-e-l-t -- spells big problems for the Santander Arena in downtown Reading.

The arena experienced a power surge sometime Monday, however, the problem wasn't noticed until Tuesday when workers discovered that much of the ice rink had melted, flooding the arena floor with water, officials said.

Normally, a telephone-alert system would have notified the proper people that the ice chillers stopped working so that they could be reset before the ice melted, but the surge also knocked out the arena's phone system, said Zane Collings, regional general manager of SMG, which manages the arena.

While it all sounds bad, Collings said it could have been a lot worse since the ice chilling system, valued between $300,000 and $400,000, was not damaged by the surge.

Crews have repainted the rink's surface and are currently working to build the ice back up for the Reading Royals' ice hockey game Saturday night, but there's not enough time to finish the job in time for the Pennsylvania Roar's game Friday night.

The team's contest against the Rochester Lancers has been postponed until Thurs., Feb. 20, at 7:05 p.m., the Major Indoor Soccer League announced Thursday.

Tickets dated for Friday night's game will be honored on Feb. 20, said officials.