Fifteen years later, Verizon Wireless Arena flooring still stands up to stadium crowds of over 11,000.

It’s hard to find a more high-traffic area than a stadium. And when that stadium just happens to be home to a New Hampshire pro hockey team, it has to be durable enough to withstand the winter elements and enthusiasm that the crowd brings in. So when Verizon Wireless Arena sought out building materials for their Manchester, NH stadium in 2001, they went with resilient nora® flooring. Fifteen years later, it still holds up like new.

“Overall, the floor has been very cost-efficient, as the durability of the floor has exceeded expectations, reducing cost measures for replacement,” says Mike Deyermond, operations manager.


The Manchester arena opened to the public in 2001 and currently welcomes 500,000 event-goers each year over the course of roughly 120 events. Home to the Manchester Monarch hockey team, the arena regularly hosts crowds of 11,000+ people for events ranging from East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) games to popular concerts, theatrical performances, trade shows, robotic competitions, regional graduations or political rallies. The venue features concession areas and private suites in addition to its NHL-sized ice rink.

When choosing building materials to outfit the space, architects and arena officials considered the impact heavy foot traffic would have on the facility. norament® grano appears throughout two main concourse levels, chosen for its ultra-durable performance. A simplified maintenance regimen eliminates the need for wax coating for quicker and more cost-efficient cleaning. As an added benefit, the flooring’s slip-resistant properties help ensure patron safety.


“The floor is important, as it is what all patrons see. The appearance and durability of the main flooring is key to a successful operation,” adds Deyermond.

See how the stadium looks 15 years later in the full project profile.