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10/30/2012

Rebuilding a Legend: Ryerson's transformation of the Gardens

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Rebuilding a Legend:  Ryerson's transformation of the Gardens into the sweetest hockey rink ever, a photo exhibit by Toronto photographer Norm Betts, running November 1st through December 31st, 2012 at Jet Fuel, 519 Parliament St., Toronto.

Here's a sneak peek at some of the images Betts took between June 2010 and September 2012, on what he calls a dream assignment, having been granted access to photograph anything as long as it didn't slow construction, and was within the bounds of safety.

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APRIL 6, 2011 - Two cranes move a giant beam into place which will become the top edge of the seating in the west side and the corner of the ceiling of the baskteball / volleyball gym on the second floor.

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July 2, 2010 - Just before workers began pouring the floor of the parking garage.

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January 19, 2011 - A worker with a torch cuts one of the original seating supports.

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October 2, 2010 - A worker trowels a smooth surface on a concrete pour in the levels below street level.

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November 11, 2011 -  Pouring concrete to form the various levels of seating around the rink.

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November 22, 2011 - The sign crew building the new marquee hoist the Ryerson part into place on the traditional styled marquee over the gardens front doors.

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March 20, 2012 - Pouring the final layer of concrete for the ice pad.

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April 26, 2012 - Graffitti from the last Leafs' game on a wall above the top row of the old greys in Section 19.

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July 17, 2012 - Laying down one of the many layers of ice to build its thickness.

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 July 25, 2012 - The electric Zamboni makes it's very first pass.

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 July 30, 2012 - An electrician skates at a lunch time skate for staff.

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May 11, 2012 -  The building shown viewed from the southeast at dusk.

 

 

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