I don't know if you heard, but a lot of things happened at the Staples Center this weekend. They had six playoff games in 4 days (about 80 hours), three of which started within a 24-hour period from Saturday to Sunday as the Lakers, Kings, and Clippers all hosted games in succession, A basketball court was converted to a block of frozen water, and then changed to a different basketball court. As if that wasn't enough, the AMGEN Tour of California, something I've never heard of but is called "America's largest cycling race," ended about 30 minutes before the Kings game started, right in front of the Staples Center. Die hard LA fans (all 100 of them) were going out of their minds trying to get tickets to every game, and the bandwagon fans were pretending to be as excited as the die hard fans so they could get tickets and be seen at every game.
According to ESPN, 250,000 people went through the Staples Center from Thursday thru Sunday. They sold over 21,000 hot dogs, 6,000 bags of peanuts, 2,500 pounds of chicken wings, 100,000 beers and 3 HP 12A black toner cartridges. 1,750 employees worked each game, including 4 employees that hang around in between games to see if anyone needs any office supplies or to make copies of anything. (Staples: yeah, we got that.)
What gets ignored in all of this are the arenas across the country that had no sporting events to speak of this weekend. The arenas where fans are done hoping for playoff games were instead treated to a stage production of "Tyler Perry's Madea Gets a Job" or a performance by Il Divo, "the world's foremost classical crossover quartet" (these are both real things that happened at arenas in Buffalo and Toronto, respectively). Many other arenas were completely vacant.
While the Staples Center tries to shed minutes off of the 2 hours and 15 minutes it takes to convert their hockey rink to a basketball court, United Center workers in Chicago know they'll have at least 4 months to make the same transition. Teams that don't make the playoffs or don't go as far as expected lose millions of dollars and are left scrambling to find other events to fill the arenas. Here's a list of six of those unfortunate places, along with real events they're hosting and ideas for other events they should take into consideration to make up some of that revenue…
Chris Burns is a comedian, writer and producer based in New York City. You can follow him on Twitter @chrisburns to get show updates and weird jokes
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Jeanne-Marie Jansen Lowell May 23rd
Greatest relief pitcher EVER! Someday we can all tell our grandchildren we got to see him pitch. A true legend!
Charlie Lobosco May 23rd
Ask Craig; I’ll say it again; not the best relief pitcher ever; the best MLB player ever. Yes, that includes everyone.
Jim Lowell May 23rd
Great tribute to a great player, a great Yankee, and a great man.Thank you!
Frank Lowell May 23rd
Great job, Ryan! As a life-long Yankee hater since the 1950’s in the closing days of the Brooklyn Dodgers, I can only sit back and…
Tiffany Riddle May 23rd
Love the article, and I completely agree!
Michael T Carr May 16th
Another good article, Craig Lowell.
Charlie Lobosco May 1st
This is a very compelling story because Mr. Collins is a very passionate, tough, intelligent, athelete taking on some additional responsibliity to help others as…
Scott Cohen May 1st
Charlie.. very well said.. he does have guts
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