This afternoon, the Dallas Stars played the Edmonton Oilers. Tonight, the Dallas Mavs plays the Atlanta Hawks. Both games take place at American Airlines Center in Dallas.
I know there is some system below the arena floor with pipes that control the water that is used. The water can be frozen to make the ice surface for hockey and then melted. I’m guessing it is easier to play the basketball game second since it is probably quicker to melt the ice surface than to freeze it.
What else is involved? Taking down the boards and glass that surrounds the hockey rink. Lay down the court surface. Install the baskets, benches, courtside seats, and scorer’s table.
What else am I missing? Can this really be done in a few hours? Will early arriving Mavericks fans see the arena still being set up? I’m sure the arena gets the hockey fans out quickly, although the game did go to a shootout.