Problem Solver - August 2011
Find a printable version here

Find New Seating Solutions

Many event locations have permanent grandstands in place, and that is good. Yet, event coordinators face some longstanding problems that transportable bleachers can solve.

Q: Our bleachers are old, and our crowds have grown beyond their capacity. Tearing them down and rebuilding new ones is too costly for our budget. What are our options?

A: If your existing bleachers are structurally sound, consider adding portable units that can be moved in beside them to accommodate extra fans. It can save you money, and give you more versatility.

There are smaller, towable units that can be moved around the grounds. And, there are larger, licensable, highway-towable units that can be moved many miles between events.

No one wants to stand, so providing ample seating is key to event success. Your return on investment comes from increasing event attendance and revenue.

Q: We've built new soccer and baseball fields, but don't have the funds to put in bleachers at both. What can we do?

A: Chances are, most of the games aren't held at the same time. Choose transportable bleacher units that you can move from one field to another, as needed. The versatility helps in many ways.

Q: Sometimes we need extra seating in our indoor arena. Are there portable bleachers that can be moved indoors?

A: Yes. Smaller highway-towable, folding bleachers are available that are only 8 ˝ feet wide and 9 feet high. They can fit through many overhead entrance doors. They seat 108 people, and can be pulled with a pickup or SUV.

Sometimes it's more versatile to have a number of smaller units, rather than a single large one. But larger units that seat up to 300 people can also fit through taller overhead doors at larger facilities where more seating is needed.

Q: We currently have crews move five-row bleachers that we lift and put on trailers, which is not good. How difficult is it to move and set up transportable bleachers?

A: The towable, folding units are easy—because they are designed to move. Park it in place, run the leveling jacks down and push a button that unfolds it. It can be done by one person in less than 10 minutes. They are built with today's safety standards in mind, and are ready for use.

Q: How do you store transportable bleachers?

A: They are made of weather-resistant aluminum and hot dip galvanized steel. They are usually just parked outside. The controls and battery are inside a lockable metal box.

Q: Is there a way to make transportable bleachers more affordable?

A: Yes, a number of ways. Consider shared ownership. For example, a school and a fair might share the purchase cost and use. Also, renting yours out to other organizations when you aren't using it can create a revenue stream for you long after the unit is paid for. Consider banner advertising to hang on your guardrails at events. You exchange money for exposure to sponsors.

Q: Do transportable bleachers have ADA wheelchair access?

A: Yes. They can have wheelchair cutouts in the front rows to help you meet ADA requirements.

Kay Park Recreation: 800-553-2476


CXT Inc.: 800-663-5789