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Video: Converting the Tampa Bay Times Forum for Lightning

Even if you have seen it before, you can still marvel at the amount of work that can happen overnight at the Tampa Bay Times Forum to set up the floor for hockey.

Photographer Dirk Shadd, who regularly covers the Tampa Bay Lightning, decided to set up his camera to shoot photos every 10 seconds from the rafters of the forum to capture the conversion from the WWE Monday Night Raw event to the newly chilled and painted hockey rink.

The breakdown and conversion started after the wrestling and went until 9 p.m. the next day. One of the things that took the longest was painting the ice. A layer of base ice was laid Tuesday morning, then a base coat of white was applied starting around 1 p.m. At 3 p.m., workers started painting all of the hockey markings, and then a final layer of ice was made over that.

With some 8,000 images in his camera, Shadd handed them off to video editor Carrie Pratt, who used a special program in the video editing software Final Cut. The result is the fascinating video you see above.

Video: Converting the Tampa Bay Times Forum for Lightning 01/09/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:45pm]
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