I hope someone can help me with this. I know that most RHI teams played on sport court and today most if not all roller hockey(indoors anyway) is played on some type of synthetic court but what about the teams that played on concrete. I am pretty sure that both the Pittsburgh Phantoms and the Orlando Jackals played on concrete. What was used to mark off the lines of the rink? What are the different principles between concrete and the modern court surfaces?
As a second question I was hoping someone could tell me the names of the venues where the original MLRH teams played. I know that Toronto played at Carnegie arena and Anaheim at the pond but I don't know about the rest.
Any information is appreciated. Thanks.
AFAIK the concrete floors were covered in Roll-On - I'll try and remember to have a look in the old Roller Hockey magazines after work.
the different principles - roll-on requires a very well prepared concrete surface. Plastic courts can be put down on top of crappy concrete, and if your rink lease is up you can take the rink with you. Plastic is inferior to play on, but it was a good solution for temporary rinks and places where the underlying concrete slab was not smooth enough to be coated.
To me the argument that using sport court (or other plastic tile surfaces) is the best because they used it in RHI is like arguing cars should use carbies because they use them in NASCAR.