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Arenas: Inside Job

TOUCH AND GO: Amazon technology is part of the post-COVID upgrades planned for Staples Center. (Courtesy Staples Center) Big league arenas remake their systems, processes for post-COVID audiences Big league arena managers are taking the first steps toward adding layers of protection to their venues by going cashless, upgrading ventilation systems and eliminating “touch points” that can allow chances for contamination. As part of the process, multiple NBA and NHL venues are pursuing accreditation for health and safety standards. Some are forming health and hygiene divisions and appointing officers to supervise higher levels of sanitation. NBA arena managers participate in regular calls with league officials to discuss best practices and which virus technology services make the most sense for them, considering they’re getting pitched by a parade of vendors, said Erin Schnieders, the NBA’s senior vice president and head of arena development and standards. Sixty to 70 people participate in […]

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For arenas, all events on ‘hold’ during pandemic

Metallica christened Chase Center last September in San Francisco. This year, the pandemic has blown up the typical process for arenas booking sports and live entertainment. (Don Muret / Staff) Uncertainty over 2020-21 NBA and NHL seasons makes it tough to fill calendars The pandemic has thrown a wrench into the booking process for big league arenas as they reschedule special events and book new dates without knowing the specifics of the NBA and NHL calendars for 2020-21. Typically, those venues have pro basketball and hockey schedules in hand by now as they start to fill open dates with concerts and family shows. That’s not the case this year as the COVID-19 crisis rages on across North America. Five months into the pandemic, everything remains up in the air for booking sports and entertainment. The NBA, NHL and WNBA all resumed their 2019-20 seasons last week in a bubble format, […]

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