This gig was all about power. Lots and lots of power. A partner and I provided 80 power strips. They had 8-12 outlets on each strip and were 4-6 feet long in length. These were located in media rooms, on each side of the court, and the cafeteria. We also tapped into the big power and ran hundreds of feet of feeder cable to distribution boxes, then ran dozens of power cords to camera operators, time keepers, judges, and media.
I watched them assemble and disassemble the floor. It’s actually 5’x5′ pieces of highly coated hardwood that gets carefully locked together. When they disassembled the floor, each piece was separated with plastic and wood strips. It was treated as a precious cargo when forked onto the full length semi-trailer and then wrapped tightly for their next destination.
I had to check out center court since I had the place mostly to myself. I was amazed that where I was standing, less then 12 hours before, the Buffalo Sabres had faced off at center ice. The over night crew had installed a sub floor and protection, removed the glass, and installed carpet before I arrived at 8am.
This was the stage where they would do televised press conferences after the game. There were about 100 fold out chairs lined theater style in front.
On the wall of the large media area was this huge laminated bracket where they kept track of the winners… and losers. I’m not a basketball fan at all. Not even close. Hockey is my thing. This tournament was held where the Buffalo Sabres play and getting to see all the behind the scene stuff was really cool. I work with a lot of famous artists in country, rock, jazz, comedy, and none of it gets me excited like hanging out in the Buffalo Sabres cafeteria, seeing the locker room, and seeing where the team works out. The players were heading out for a long road trip series and I admit… I was more excited to meet any of them than any of the artists I work with.