LOS ANGELES -- It will be a busy four days for the operations crew at the Staples Center, which is the only arena in North America currently hosting second-round playoff series in both the NBA and NHL.
Immediately after Thursday's Stanley Cup playoff game between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks, the Staples Center operations crew will convert the arena from ice to hardwood to prepare for Friday night's NBA playoff games between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The operations crew will then convert the Clippers court, and all of the other basketball-only elements, and set it up for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Kings and Ducks on Saturday.
It will then revert back to basketball by Sunday morning for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals between the Clippers and Thunder.
The Kings and Clippers will also be hosting free pregame fan fests outside of Staples Center at L.A. Live beginning three hours before Kings games and two hours before Clippers games. The fan fests will include interactive games, giveaways and a beer garden.
Converting from hockey to basketball and vice versa takes approximately two hours and 15 minutes for the conversion team, which consists of 35 workers on the event floor with an additional 125 members of a cleaning crew to clean the one million square foot arena. There are also workers in the catering, broadcast and event services departments participating in the conversion.
Since opening in October 1999, Staples Center has completed more than 155 doubleheaders in 15 seasons.