Thursday, June 16, 2011

Quick Change Sports Stadium

Born on June 16th: John Cho, Geronimo, Stan Laurel, Phil Mickelson, Joyce Carol Oates, Erich Segal (via NNDB)

Quote of the day: Nothing good comes in life or athletics unless a lot of hard work has preceded the effort. Only temporary success is achieved by taking short cuts. - Roger Staubach

In today's world, sports is big business, requiring large venues to hold competitions. But to make the whole concept economically feasible, multiple types of events have to be held at one complex. Here's a video (rather a frenetic video, as it's a complicated time lapse) of a hockey rink being converted to a basketball court.

It's amazing how much work and manpower goes into the changeover. I'm not much of a hockey or basketball fan (all right, I'm a fair weather fan. If my home team makes it to the playoffs, then I watch. I'm the kind of fan that real fans loathe). Still, I'm fascinated by this conversion process. Clearly a lot of planning goes into it.

So, sports fan or not? And if so, which sports do you follow? (I follow tennis, and despite not being British, I keep hoping that Andy Murray will win a major just because it's been so long since the British have had a champion. As the home of Wimbledon, it just seems as if they deserve to finally have a win after the long drought. But I'm truly a Nadal fan).

Best Wishes,


Mary Preston said...

As a nation we bleed Green & Gold. Our biggest rivalries are with New Zealand & England. We love nothing better than to best the Brits. We have such a small population against most nations, but rival it with the best when it comes to sport. You can't help but be swept up in sport of some sort.

Myrna Mackenzie said...

Mary, I watched an Australian Football game on television last year, and it was pretty intense (I didn't understand the rules, but it was still fun to watch and try to figure out what was going on).