Ice hockey season melting away at leaky Sheffield Arena

Storm clouds over Sheffield Arena
Storm clouds over Sheffield Arena
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Engineeers remain confounded after two weeks working on Sheffield Arena’s leaking ice pad.

Chunks of concrete have been dug up as experts look for a leak in one of the five miles of piping that runs up and down the pad.

Sheffield Steelers, who have had to switch Sunday’s game with Fife Flyers to the 1,500 capacity iceSheffield, have been deluged by calls from fans angry that they won’t see the start of the home season.The leak has yet to be located, let alone mended. And that could put Steelers game against champions Belfast Giants in danger on September 21.

Club owner Tony Smith said: “An awful lot of Steelers fans are unhappy and I cannot blame them.”

Smith said there was no scope for compensation from the Arena but he was hopeful a breakthrough would be made soon.

One ray of sunshine is that the club are now trying to regain their December 6 date against Nottingham Panthers, initially postponed to accommodate Kell Brook’s world title defence.

Brook’s promoters today confirmed they have shelved that date after the boxer was stabbed in Tenerife.