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  Largest Outdoor Skating Rink-world record set by Mexico City
 MEXICO CITY -- Mexico City's Zocalo, one of the largest public squares in the world, hosts a 3,080 square meters (33,152.8440 square feet) skating rink-which set the world record for the Largest Outdoor Skating Rink.  
  Photo: The largest ice skating rink in the world measures 40 meters by 77 meters, or 133 feet by 253 feet. Seventy-four kilometers, or 46 miles, of tubes run under the ice to 10 chilling machines as big a trucks, each capable of freezing a small rink itself.(enlarge photo)

Mexico City's Zocalo, one of the largest public squares in the world, was packed with thousands of individuals and families who didn't want to miss the rink's opening, the lighting-up of the capital's Christmas decorations and the traditional fireworks.

 Mexico City mayor Marcelo Ebrard contends that the world record rink, which is funded by private donations, provides a way for the many poor of Mexico City to enjoy some of the same winter activities as the wealthy.
  (enlarge photo)

The project cost about $1.5 million. Key Entertainment, an American company, built it, along with subcontractors, officials said. Several large Mexican businesses donated the money, among them the country's largest sporting good chain, a major television network and one of the biggest toy chains.

While the rink admission as well as the skates are free to visitors, the waiting time for the world's largest outdoor rink often runs to several hours.
  Monday, December 1, 2008

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