One day. 24 hours. How much can change in such a short time.
One day this March, I had my dad. Then a day later I didn’t.
One day in 2015 I was in finance, leading treasury and building an analytics program. Then a day later I was trying to figure out arena operations, and then a larger entertainment division.
So many more moments. You have them too. In one day, as Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran said, everything can change.
Tomorrow is one of those days. In 24 hours, we will have hosted fans for the first preseason professional sporting event of a Las Vegas home team ever. EVER!!!
I’m sure my team is less nervous than me – that’s why I have them doing the important stuff. I know they are prepared, we’ve been working on this for quite a while. But that doesn’t guarantee things will go well. We know it won’t be perfect and that we will have things to work on – preseason is practice for us too! But we are professionals and we want to do well, so tomorrow will be one long day for us.
And if we don’t do well, the fact that it is preseason won’t stop folks from criticizing us. I guess when you work on a sports event it is super relevant to reflect on a Teddy Roosevelt quote: http://www.theodore-roosevelt.com/trsorbonnespeech.html – critics like to extend a long day into a long night.
I have friends that were born and raised here like me. We’ve spent most of our lives debating whether pro sports would work in Las Vegas. One day. We won’t know tomorrow, but I do know that one day from now those same friends will be beaming with pride.
One day. A city changes. I know what I want the morning headlines to say in 36 hours. They will say that tomorrow was a great day. I can’t wait for tomorrow to come.