By Mary Guiden, Seattle Times
Last night, about 17,000 fans at KeyArena cheered on the Sonics in Game 2 of their playoff series. Just one day earlier in the same venue, fans walked into a completely different space, the high-tech rock 'n' roll showcase that was the stage for megaband U2.
The logistics of that transformation are staggering. The Key hosted the first Sonics playoff game Saturday night. Sunday morning, in less than eight hours, U2's stage and equipment -- 16 semitrucks full -- were unloaded and set up. Within minutes after the second concert ended Monday night, crews were knocking the set down. And the arena was ready for basketball again by 6 a.m. yesterday.
How that concert came together is a lesson in the massive behind-the-scenes logistics of modern high-stakes entertainment.