With two days to go until the first ball is struck at the 2010 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final between USA and Italy, final touches are being made at the San Diego Sports Arena.
Men and women worked hard all around the arena assembling booths, signage and posters, laying cables, amending the seating and moping the floors. While the court is also being scrutinised by members of the ITF technical team to check its court pace rating.
The Fed Cup Radio team were also testing their machines – and their voice boxes - prior to their live broadcasts this weekend. Chris Bowers and Craig Gabriel will be on the airwaves with live ball-by-ball commentary on Saturday and Sunday throughout all five matches, via Fedcup.com.
The San Diego Sports Arena first opened its doors back in 1966 for an ice hockey match between the San Diego Gulls and the Seattle Totems. Since then it has played host to a wide variety of sporting events and has been the scene of world records and sporting milestones.
The world record for the indoor mile was shattered here by Eamonn Coghlan in 1979 and then again in 1981, while Ken Norton became only the second man to defeat Muhammad Ali when he was crowned WBC Heavyweight Champion of the World in this stadium in 1973 following a 12-round split-second decision.
Sporting performances aside, the San Diego Sports Arena has also played host to numerous musical stars including, Elvis Presley, Rolling Stones, REM, Shakira and Elton John, justifying its name tag as ‘San Diego’s place for entertainment’.
However, this weekend tennis is on the agenda and southern Californians will flock to watch the USA and Italy battle for the second successive year to get their hands on the Fed Cup trophy. Both teams have been in action in the arena today, honing their skills on the practice courts.