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Working in the ballparks, stadiums and arenas of America can be a thrilling experience. All great sports watching experiences take place in venues that are full of history, hometown pride, eye catching graphics and branding, interactive environments, dynamic design elements, architectural details and of course world class food, beverage and shopping.  Typically renovations must take place in the off-season or when the team is playing on the road. This provides a unique perspective to a variety of goings on that our crew has enjoyed.

  • seeing the turf being replaced at Hard Rock Stadium Miami
  • walking by Dolly Parton in the belly of the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
  • seeing Peyton Manning film a Papa John’s commercial at Mile High Stadium
  • hearing Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers doing a sound check at Wrigley Field
  • feeling the excitement of the Oklahoma City Thunder organization, the day Paul George signed with the team.
  • witnessing the volume of beer delivered for Opening Day in Anaheim
  • feeling a thunderstorm light up downtown Charlotte while working at Bank of America stadium
  • hearing the jumbo-tron boom the broadcast of the “State of Hockey” opening video for the Minnesota Wild team for the first time during their pre-season practice. Yes, the team tapped their sticks on the ice in approval following it, just like after a hockey fight.
  • seeing the hustle and bustle of the “road crew” setting up the Toyota Center in Houston for an Imagine Dragons concert.

These landmarks are at such a large scale that working in them allows for a lot of exercise getting from the curb to the job site.  During a project last spring, our project manager walked 18 miles in a single day. As any large public venue should, the security is tight and detailed which adds to the need for detailed pre-construction communication and coordination. Not only to navigate personnel in and out but also to bring in, ship and receive the necessary materials, tools and fixtures.  We have to operate like a Championship Team in all phases of a project to remain successful. The thrill wears off quickly and we focus on our small but important contribution to these spaces where so much fun and community is created. Like sport, you can’t just show up on game day. So much happens away from the finished project.  It’s a great feeling connecting our design work, fabrication and project management with our talented installers and vendor partners out in the field who takes the ball and runs to the finish line for us.

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