(Council Bluffs) KCCI reports that the Wells Fargo Arena underwent an astounding transformation yesterday. After having booked the Iowa Energy basketball team and the Iowa Wild hockey team on the same day, it was required for the employees to take an icy oasis and transform it into basketball court in less than 3 hours.
The Iowa Wild hockey team won their 17th game of the season yesterday, however instead of a drawn out celebration, 150 employees immediately started readying the court for the next game of the day-the Iowa Energy basketball game. The process that normally takes about 6 hours was scheduled into a 3 hour time period: a task that has not been attempted for over 5 years. The 150 man crew was double the size of the regular tear-down team. The crew went through the process of removing the massive glass walls, sheet by sheet, bringing in pallets of ice decking and covering the rink piece by piece, and then gently lifting 100-pound slabs of wooden flooring and knocking them into place. The conversion was a little tougher than most, according to Iowa Events Center General Manager Chris Connolly. Connolly explains that ice rink is required to be covered and then the court be put down, rather than simply picking up the ice rink. Within 2 hours of the ending of the Iowa Wild game, the doors to the Wells Fargo Arena were open for the Iowa Energy game. The crew at the arena will have to complete the same task again in March, however, in only 2 and a half hours to make the conversion instead of three.