Have you ever wondered what goes into setting up a facility for an event, especially for an event announced the week of? Well I have, and with the upcoming Arena Football Conference Championship game happening this weekend I’m taking the opportunity to observe our staff and how they do their job so well.
On Friday, August 14th after a SaberCats win at the SAP Center in San Jose it was announced that the SaberCats would be playing their Conference Championship game at the Stockton Arena on August 22nd. The minute the event was announced publically, the Stockton Arena staff was hard at work to ensure that the facility will be ready for the game. I decided to speak to Cody Gralapp, the Director of Operations here at the arena, to hear his thoughts as to what goes into setting up the arena for such a large event on short notice.
“We have been talking about the possibility of this game for a little while now so we were able to do prep work. Before the game was even announced we knew what obstacles we would be facing so we could be one step ahead. In this industry, we are used to flipping a venue quickly and our staff knows to be flexible and ready to work. But the number one thing we rely on heavily is the prep work leading to the set up. For example, I went to San Jose last week to take measurements so I would know exactly how to set the arena up.”
Getting a facility ready for an event is not an easy task but our staff is prepared and ready. Stay tuned for more posts before the big game!