Recapping the Epic Weekend at Staples Center

Last weekend in Los Angeles, the place to be was the crown jewel of the L.A. Live entertainment complex, Staples Center. For the first time, the arena’s primary tenants, The Lakers, The Clippers, and the Kings, were playing beyond the second round of their respective playoffs; a feat that has never been done since the arena opened in October 1999. In the span of approximately 100 hours, the venue hosted 6 playoff games (2 Kings, 2 Lakers, 2 Clippers). Add the final stage of the AMGEN Tour of California OUTSIDE the arena on Sunday Morning and you have what Staples Center Arena Management called “Sports-ageddon.” Much like what SoCal natives call Rush Hour traffic on the 405 “Carmageddon”, imagine what would you if your schedule went something like this:

May 17

NHL Western Conference Finals: Game 3

Kings vs. Coyotes – 6 PM

May 18

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 3

Lakers vs. Thunder – 7:30 PM

May 19

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 3

Clippers vs. Spurs – 12:30 PM

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 4

Lakers vs. Thunder – 7:30 PM

May 20

Final Stage of the 2012 AMGEN Tour of California – 10 AM-12 PM

NHL Western Conference Finals: Game 3

Kings vs. Coyotes – 12:30 PM

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 4

Clippers vs. Spurs – 7:30 PM

Logistically, that would be a nightmare, but it reality, it takes 75 minutes to go from the Clippers court to the Lakers court; and it takes 3 hours to switch from the ice hockey rink the Kings play to a basketball court and vice versa. And on Sunday, with the streets surrounding the arena closed due to the final stage of the AMGEN Tour of California on Sunday morning, Kings fans had to arrive a few hours earlier than expected to get inside the arena. By the end of the weekend, the 3 teams combined for a 2-4 record.

May 17

NHL Western Conference Finals: Game 3

LA Kings 2, Phoenix Coyotes 1

May 18

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 3

LA Lakers 99, Oklahoma City Thunder 96

May 19

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 3

LA Clippers 86, San Antonio Spurs 96

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 4

LA Lakers, 100, Oklahoma City Thunder 103

May 20

Final Stage of the 2012 AMGEN Tour of California – Winner: Peter Sagan

NHL Western Conference Finals: Game 3

LA Kings 0, Phoenix Coyotes 2

NBA Western Conference Semifinals: Game 4

LA Clippers 99, San Antonio Spurs 102

To give you a better understanding of what happened inside the arena, this is a time-lapse video condensing the 6-game weekend into 90 seconds of pure awesomeness.

What’s even more amazing is with time to spare between games that weekend,  Staples Center Management and staff made this video lip-synching to the most viral song on the Internet: Mission, BC-native Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” featuring members of LA Kings Ice Crew, members of the LA Clippers Spirit Dance Team, NBA on TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager, Beto Duran and Dave Joseph from ESPN Radio 710, and Vic “The Brick” Jacobs from AM 570.

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