Staples Center is home to four professional sports franchises, the Lakers, Clippers,
Last Saturday afternoon, while fans were still heading for the exits after the Clippers' 103-100 loss to the
At the same time others swept up trash and disassembled sections of seating to make room for the larger ice rink. Advertising signage and plexiglass were installed along the borders.
Once the area was clear, 542 black floor panels were picked up, revealing the ice that is there all season long. Each panel weighs 47 pounds.
The ice is smoothed out by a couple of passes from a pair of Zambonis.
After the hockey game it was the same in reverse, except it was purple and gold basketball floor panels going in for the Lakers' game against Portland on Monday.
The changeover from basketball to hockey (and from hockey back to basketball) takes two hours.