Global Spectrum hosted their own version of "March Madness" at Chaifetz Arena last weekend, as more than 28,000 guests enjoyed four vastly different events over a 48-hour span. All of the action was captured in a four-minute time lapse video that can be seen below or by clicking here.
British rock band Muse kicked off the busy weekend on Friday night. As the lights came up on 8,700 rock fans, the first of five venue transformations began. Global Spectrum staff tore down the intricate set and installed the basketball court in time for the final Saint Louis University men's basketball game of the season at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
Once the regular-season Athletic 10 Conference Champions cut down the net in front of a full house on Saturday, staff then had just a few hours to remove the hardwood floor and set the stage for comedian Mike Epps later that evening. The venue was transformed again overnight in time for the Champion Spirit Group Cheer event on Sunday. Finally, the basketball court was set for SLU basketball practice on Monday.
The Weekend by the Numbers:
28,203: Concertgoers, basketball fans, comedy lovers and cheerleading enthusiasts entertained at Chaifetz Arena from Friday, March 8 to Sunday, March 10
3,318: Hotdogs eaten, enough to cross the basketball court, hoop to hoop, 20.5 times
1,792: Gallons of beer and soft drinks consumed, enough to fill the bed of four and a half pickup trucks
465: Pounds of nacho chips consumed, the combined weight of SLU basketball seniors, Cody Ellis and Cory Remekun
880: Total number of minutes of live action encompassed by the four events
8: Number of hours to set the Muse stage
2: Number of hours to tear down the Muse stage and begin setting the basketball court
20: Songs played by Muse, including two encores
12: Number of pieces of net cut down by the Billiken Basketball team after they clinched the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship
4: Number of Saint Louis University Men's Basketball seniors honored postgame
Global Spectrum manages Chaifetz Arena as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.