SAINT PAUL, Minn.
-- Ever wonder how an arena is transformed from a concert to a hockey game in a matter of hours? Thanks to the band Coldplay, concert promoter Live Nation, and the NHL's Minnesota Wild
, television audiences will get an up-close-and-personal look at the intensely demanding process on a new episode of DIY Network's popular primetime series "Project Xtreme" on Tuesday, April 14 at 9 p.m. CT.
"Project Xtreme" dropped in on Saint Paul's Xcel Energy Center this past November to take part in the set-up for the Coldplay concert, the post-concert load-out, and the conversion back to a hockey rink just in time for the Minnesota Wild
to take the ice for their next game. "Project Xtreme" profiles interesting and demanding jobs that are often mentally and physically challenging, sometimes dangerous, or require extraordinary precision. No project is too massive, too dangerous or too astounding to prevent DIY Network's "Project Xtreme" host and licensed contractor Matt Blashaw from attempting it.
Blashaw was on hand as 11 semi-trailers containing all elements of Coldplay's tour rolled into Xcel Energy Center to be unloaded. He would not rest for the next 24 hours, experiencing firsthand the strenuous work involved in constructing a stage, rigging lights, installing dozens of panes of glass for the hockey rink and preparing the ice to NHL standards. Among a multitude of other projects, Blashaw, who also has several years of rigging experience, teamed up with production crews and utilized different tools, skills, and machinery throughout the changeover process from concert venue to ice rink.
DIY Network's "Project Xtreme" whittled countless hours of footage into a 30-minute action-packed episode that exposes the conversion process from sights never before seen.
DIY Network's "Project Xtreme" is produced by IKM Productions, a New York City-based company that produces some of the highest rated documentary programs for Bravo, truTV, and other networks. From the makers of HGTV and Food Network, DIY Network is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network's programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing digital networks and currently in 50 million homes, DIY Network's programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping.
Regarded as one of the finest arenas in the world, Xcel Energy Center is a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment facility located in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. Owned by the City of Saint Paul and managed by Saint Paul Arena Company, an affiliate of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, Xcel Energy Center is home to the NHL's Minnesota Wild
, the NLL's Minnesota Swarm and a multitude of spectacular entertainment events annually.