September 07, 2010
NBA teams love getting new arenas. Not only do they look beautiful, they also bring in a whole lot of money. Whether it be from fans wanting to check out the new digs or increased ticket prices, new stadiums are a serious revenue stream. Not to mention, state-of-the-art basketball facilities really help in free agent recruiting. Basically, a new stadium is baller status.
However, when a team builds a stadium, there are a whole lot of moving pieces that need to be checked out. Imagine the home inspection on a new house, then multiply that by exactly 92,048. Quite intense, especially the bathrooms. Cool segue, I know, but if you put 20,000 people in a concrete box there better be a bunch of functioning toilets, lest things get zoological. The Orlando Magic understand all of this, so they're putting together a really fun day for local children at their new Amway Arena.
The new Amway Center in downtown Orlando meets another milestone as the traditional "Royal Flush" will be held September 8, 2010 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the construction site (corner of Church Street and Hughey). Drano is sponsoring the event.
The purpose of the Drano "Royal Flush" event is to observe sanitary sewer flows, water consumption and pressure in and around the arena. Approximately 443 toilets will be flushed simultaneously; there are 18 men's and 19 women's restrooms in the new Amway Center, compared to just four of each in the old facility.
Orlando Magic President Alex Martins, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, and more than 150 people will take part in the event, including fourth and fifth grade students from Nap Ford Community School.
"Hey mom, can you sign this permission slip for class? Yeah, we're going to the new Magic basketball court on Wednesday to flush a bunch of toilets. No, I'm not sure what it has to do with school, but Ms. Harrison said we would get to meet Mario from Nintendo." — a fifth-grader
But hey, field trips are the most fun you can have as an elementary school student, and the Magic definitely need to know if all of their toilets can be flushed at the same time, just in case there is a bad batch of nachos. This is flushing two birds with one stone, plus it's way cheaper than hiring 443 workers to get their flush on. When you're paying Rashard Lewis'(notes) contract, every penny counts.