Staples Center is always among the world’s busiest arenas, hosting a jam-packed slate of concerts and shows crammed between games for the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers and the NHL’s Kings.
But the downtown Los Angeles venue is preparing for its craziest weekend ever. After a remarkable run of simultaneous postseason success, Staples Center’s three main tenants are combining to host six playoff games in just four days.
Starting with Game 3 of the Kings’ Western Conference final against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night and concluding with Game 4 of the Clippers’ second-round series against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night, the building will host a noon-to-night barrage of dunks and slap shots, 3-pointers and glove saves in a succession of pressure-packed postseason games.
For Lee Zeidman, Staples Center’s senior vice president and general manager, this confluence of playoff success is both a visceral thrill and a puzzle to be solved.
Indeed, it’s difficult enough to clean and prepare 1 million square feet of arena, including 168 luxury suites and 53 concession stands, twice in the same day. But the toughest of Staples Center’s three changeovers is going from hockey to basketball — and that’s not even including the potential of overtime hockey, which can go on indefinitely.
Zeidman spoke with KFWB’s Penny Griego and Phil Hulett about the challenging logistics. Click the play button to listen.