COVID-19 has led to a new norm of social distancing that will no doubt play a major role in how we gather at events in the coming months and years. As sporting games, live theater productions, conventions and other events slowly return, it’s likely that many of these venues will make efforts to adapt their settings to accommodate new social spacing requirements and requests.
Staging Concepts has already taken steps to plan for future changes and accommodations that venues will alter for the safety of their guests. Some examples of future design and staging requirements may include:
- The addition of more VIP sections at stadiums and arenas. Because these VIP areas tend to allow more space for fans to socialize and enjoy the game, it’s probable that more stadiums will install these sections. Also, sports facilities are likely to consider adding more luxurious seating options as fans require new incentives to leave the comfort of home to visit a ballpark or stadium.
- Temporary platforms, ramps or stairs in stadiums and arenas to be used to help setup and separate merchandise tables, food kiosks and guest services from the concourse floor.
- Increased demand for camera platforms/media risers. As the sports world begins to come back online with adapted seasons and spectator-less events, media crews will need to be adequately spaced out and accommodated in a whole new way.
- Inserts or tables at theaters and other venues. Future design considerations may require a small table or insert between seats to help space out guest seating.
- The installation of more barricades and guardrails to form lines and to help facilitate the number of people entering or exiting a building at one time.
- The use of more temporary and custom staging equipment, such as rolling staging platforms, risers and portable seating, that can be used to quickly re-design a space as needed for events or during a health crisis. For example, Staging Concepts offers portable platforms, ADA ramps, railings and stair units that can be used to construct temporary medical facilities at hospitals or alternative care sites, such as unused convention center show floors or ballrooms.
Key factors for staging and designing seating areas at venues will be flexibility and modularity. These non-permanent solutions will give architects, designers, building operators and facility managers the ability to install and test a solution and then change it later if needed. Flexible options also are less costly than a permanent solution that requires pouring concrete.
Staging Concepts is at the forefront of helping facilities reshape staging and seating design for the post-COVID era. We look forward to working with you and are anxious for live entertainment to return.