Measuring 430 meters long, the 2014 Red Bull Crashed Ice track in Minnesota is built using several tons of wood, steel and ice. The ice cross downhill course features step-ups, rollers, wallrides, tabletops, and a 40-meter vertical drop that will have skaters exceeding 40 mph. And all of this is housed in a temporary structure built in the middle of Saint Paul, adjacent to the huge cathedral of the same name.
Saint Paul Track By The Numbers:
4 is the number of weeks it took to build the St. Paul track
32 truckloads of steel were used in the building of the course
150-plus crew members worked on the construction
30 core production team members were involved in the process
12,000-plus man-hours were spent on the build
100 degrees was the temperature variance during the build (low -45, high 45)
14 lifts were used to build the track and 1 crane
300-plus radios were used to keep everyone in communication
5 Jumbotrons video screens have been installed
200-plus security staff kept the site secure
2,000-plus light fixtures were installed
4 chillers were used to cool the water to ice
5 24-hour shifts went into making ice
16 inches of snow fell during construction
6 days is how long it will take to tear down the entire track
Click above to watch a timelapse video of the construction crew erect the beast of a track.
Check out the track in all of its glory live at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota, on February 22nd or tune into FOX Sports 1 on February 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET to watch it in the comfort of your own home.