How It's Possible For An Arena To Host A Hockey Game One Night And A Basketball Game The Next

Apr 29, 2015 By Christi Mulligan
On March 1, 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Columbus Blue Jackets at the United Center in Chicago. The Hawks won that game 4-3 in overtime. On March 2, 2013, the Chicago Bulls also recorded a win over the Brooklyn Nets. The Bulls hosted that game, which was also played in the United Center.

Since two very well attended games were held in the same venue on back-to-back evenings, one often starts to wonder, just how hard is that transition from NHL-regulated ice to NBA-regulated hardwood? How long does something like that take?

Captured via timelapse photography, thanks to photojournalist E. Jason Wambsgans, the transition is easy to see. As soon as the Hawks game ends, a crew of 45 quickly take to the floor to begin the process. The total transition takes just about two hours, whereas the reverse of this same process (hardwood to ice) is actually a bit shorter. Regardless, it is a very cool transition to observe.
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