Ice Sports Dome Is Bound to Make an Impact on Ice-Sports

Ice skating, ice hockey, and winter games are seasonal sports, and if you want to play ice sports all year round, you’ll have to go to a special area. But nowadays, that is not the case anymore, thanks to the current technological advancements.

In an ice sports dome, an air dome structure is a new method of venue construction where the dome surface is supported by air pressure, covering the whole structure system. It was highly regarded during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 because of its convenience.


The Ice Sports Domes of Metaspace in Harbin, China

The spectacular air dome pavilion standing on the southeast side of the intersection of Longchuan Road and Zuo’an Street, Harbin City, brings you top-tier technology. It is the Harbin New District Ice Sports Center that was launched in recent years.

This modern venue is an attraction and admiration for the whole world. Furthermore, it is reported that Harbin City already had eight ice sports centers with air domes between 2019 and 2020. They have been put to use one after another. And by this year, the city has a total of ten centers that are now serving the whole world.

  1. Types of Stadiums

The ice sports dome is an all-in-one solution designed for all types of winter games. The air domes are used for:

  • Ice hockey 

You will find a fully equipped ice hockey dome inside. This more affordable solution offers a chance for more athletes and everyone who enjoys this sport.

  • Figure skating

You can also figure skating in this ice sports dome. And since there are so many different sports stadiums in the venue, everyone has a chance to take part in something truly amazing.

  • Speed skating

Speed skating is one of the most adrenaline-filled ice skating games. The new ice skating dome allows competitors more access and a safe environment to practice and perform.


  1. Design & Configuration

The venue is constructed using an air membrane structure. The pressure difference between the inside and outside of the air membrane is the key to holding up the entire structure. Other features include:

  • Floor space

The Harbin New District Ice Sports Center has a total land area of nearly 4,000 square meters. The main body of the air dome pavilion is 60 meters long, 30 meters wide, and 19 meters high. Once you step in, you will feel the urge to put on ice skates and skate around in the venue.

  • Fully equipped

The whole stadium is fully equipped with not only an international standard venue but also lounges, sharpening rooms for sharpening ice skates, figure skating, speed skating, and other sports, a large electronic screen, and many other supporting facilities.


  1. Leading Advantages

Apart from being a more affordable and effective alternative, the ice sports dome offers the following advantages.

  • Air dome structure

The air dome structure makes this stadium more expandable and eco-friendly. It’s the main reason why it’s very affordable. Compared to traditional ice sports arenas, an ice sports dome attributes more than 50% more energy efficient.

  • International standard ice rink

Metaspace, who built the ice sports dome, applied the leading energy-saving and eco-friendly direct-cooling ice system with intellectual property rights in this project. The whole ice rink’s standards are implemented according to IIHF, ISU, and WCF.

  • Advanced refrigeration ice system

The direct-cooling ice technology effectively reduces energy consumption by more than 60% compared to traditional technology, with faster ice production speed, better ice quality, and uniform ice temperature.

Impact of the Ice Sports Dome on the Development Pattern of Snow and Ice Sports

There is no doubt that sports domes are the future of snow and ice sports. Unlike traditional sports venues, the intelligent control system in an ice sports dome can monitor the indoor temperature and humidity at any time and keep the temperature low. Besides, constructing more ice sports centers is easier because of the fast installation of an air dome. In this way, opportunities are opened for more lovers of the sport.



The Metaspace air dome has effectively promoted ice sports’ popularity, expanding its influence to meet consumption needs. It will change how ice hockey, short-track speed skating, figure skating, and other ice sports training is done. 

This is a highly recommended, cost-effective solution for those who want access to sports but may have no means.