Inside Staples Center: a weekend like none other

LOS ANGELES – Over a four-day span, Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles hosted six sporting events, each requiring its own changeover. What transpired from Thursday to Sunday, when the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Clippers (NBA) and Lakers (NBA) played a total of six games in 72 hours is an unprecedented string of events for a single arena to host.

It began Thursday night with the Kings hosting the Phoenix Coyotes in the NHL's Western Conference final and ended Sunday night with the Clippers hosting the San Antonio Spurs in the second round of the NBA playoffs. In between there were five changeovers (the Clippers and Lakers use different courts), with the switch from ice to basketball taking approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes; from one basketball court to another taking about 90 minutes.

In all, more than 110,000 fans poured in and out of Staples (assuming some didn't hide out in a bathroom between games).

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