Magic Part of Potty Party Promotion
In an effort to promote their soon-to-be-open, palatial downtown arena -- particularly the spacious, sparkling restrooms -- the Orlando Magic will hold a "Royal Flush" on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Enlisting the help from children at a nearby elementary school, along with the mayor of Orlando, the team president and possibly superstar center Dwight Howard, all 443 toilets inside the Amway Center will be flushed simultaneously.
No plungers are expected for the Big Toilet Test and no foreign objects will be permitted. (The Magic might be tempted to bring the bloated contract -- 3 years, $66 million remaining -- of Rashard Lewis if they thought it would disappear).
The official purpose of The Flush -- which will take an estimated 1,000 gallons of water -- is for engineers to observe the sanitary sewer flows, water consumption and pressure in and around the arena.
But it also will be used to lighten the mood with a little potty humor before a long and grinding season begins.
Magic coach Stan Van Gundy, for instance, is not expected to be there for the festivities. He'll do his business at home that day.
"I don't think so," Van Gundy quipped when asked if he was part of the promotion. "But a lot of people here still think I'm a piece of crap."
One of the biggest complaints about the Magic's previous home was the lack of facilities in a 16,010-seat building, which created long lines of shuffling feet for those needing to do their business quickly.
The backed-up plumbing -- especially on the beer-night specials -- was not a pretty sight. Now those problems will be solved, assuming the Royal Flush goes smoothly.
Instead of just four large restroom facilities, there will be 18 for men and 19 for women, giving them more than 400 toilets combined.
And that should be quite a relief for Orlando.