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Many faces of Sears Centre

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  • Sixty-two year-old Tom Russeli of Mt. Prospect walks across a beam 70 feet above the main floor of the Sears Centre at midnight.

       Sixty-two year-old Tom Russeli of Mt. Prospect walks across a beam 70 feet above the main floor of the Sears Centre at midnight.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • The Sears Centre crowd is entertained by a mixed martial arts cage match, but in a matter of hours the crowds will be gone and the arena floor will be transformed into a football field.

       The Sears Centre crowd is entertained by a mixed martial arts cage match, but in a matter of hours the crowds will be gone and the arena floor will be transformed into a football field.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Employees with Kage Concepts disassemble and pack the caged ring in less than two hours.

      Employees with Kage Concepts disassemble and pack the caged ring in less than two hours.

  • Fifteen Sears Centre employees stretch out the first sections of the 85 by 202 feet of indoor turf at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.

       Fifteen Sears Centre employees stretch out the first sections of the 85 by 202 feet of indoor turf at 2:30 a.m. Saturday.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Workers begin to roll out the last sections of the 85 by 202 feet of indoor turf.

       Workers begin to roll out the last sections of the 85 by 202 feet of indoor turf.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Twenty-five workers are employed to clean the Sears Centre after every one of the 130 shows each year.

       Twenty-five workers are employed to clean the Sears Centre after every one of the 130 shows each year.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

 
 

You can't buy a ticket to the longest-running performance at the Sears Centre. The display of precision teamwork happens 130 times a year, after midnight, at Hoffman Estates' arena. About 40 employees transform the 11,800-seat, multipurpose, family entertainment, cultural and sports center between each show, including lighting, stage setup, floor setting, and backdrops.

Recently, the crew worked through the night to convert the arena from a cage match fight into a football field for a Chicago Slaughter game the next day. The most difficult switch is after dirt motocross events, which use 12,000 cubic-yards of dirt.

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"Everything is scripted ahead of time, with safety as a priority, and everyone plays a part; it's a big team," said Michael Carosielli, director of arena operations, who has overseen the process since the arena opened in 2006. Seating capacity for the arena ranges from 3,000-6,000 for theater shows; 9,400 for football, hockey, lacrosse and soccer games; 10,000 for basketball games; and 11,800 for concerts.

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