On a typical cold December night, this arena might be brimming with junior hockey fans in the seats for a Windsor Spitfires game.
But this week is different. With the WFCU Centre hosting the short-course swimming world championships, the 61-metre-long sheet of white ice has been replaced by a sparkling, blue, 10-lane, 25-metre pool.
“When you actually see it, it blows you away,” says Windsorite and Spitfires fan Richard Jazvack, who can leave his sweater at home — the poolside temperature is a balmy 27 degrees Celsius, up from 21 C for a hockey game.
The transformation from a hockey rink to an empty pool was completed in less than 10 days.
By day four the base was done, making way for a special team from Myrtha Pools, an Italian company with branches around the world.