Originally posted on Fox Sports Houston  |  Last updated 2/24/12
Chase Budinger and Chandler Parsons are far from the only Rockets representatives this weekend at the NBA's All-Star festivities in Orlando. Rockets CEO Tad Brown is dispatching "12 or 14" staff members to take in some of Orlando's best practices in terms of hosting the weekend since the Rockets and the city of Houston will host the 2013 game. "Even though we hosted the game in 2006," Brown said. "You always want to see what's happening in each market and try to learn as much as you can. We're going to go in there and hopefully learn some new tricks and put on a great show next year." While the league will take over Toyota Center as wells as other venues such as the convention center for All-Star weekend, the Rockets and the city will have a huge task in preparing for the event logistically. "It's still all of our security personnel, our building operations personnel," said Brown. "It's just like we were putting on a major event like the Latin Grammys or a concert. It's a big undertaking, as you can imagine. This means hundreds of millions of dollars to the region and there are thousands and thousands of volunteers and thousands of people coming in. We want to make sure we get everything in shape as quickly as we can." This weekend, Rockets representatives will meet with Orlando's host committee to discuss timelines, traffic patterns and other issues crucial to holding such a huge event. "At the end of the day, it's about the fans," Brown said. "You're trying to make sure to cover all the details from an execution standpoint that are going to make it a better experience for the fans." The Rockets' prep work to host the game actually began in 2011 when Brown met with the league about submitting Houston's bid. Word leaked that Houston won the bid in October and NBA Commissioner David Stern formally announced that the city would host the 2013 game earlier this month. "It's going to be a lot of work," Brown said. "There's going to be a lot of communication and detail that's going to have to be put into place over the next 12 months to make sure we put on a game next year that is worthy of our fans and of our city."
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