By: Brian Arnold, Sr. Sales Manager, Eastern Region
A huge part of venue sports viewing is the arrangement and setup of the stadium seating. While attending your favorite professional baseball team in the Northeast, fans may have noticed a recent concept/shift to an open-air premium hospitality suite, or “Outdoor Loge Suite” installed on the main concourse level.
In one successful project, Staging Concepts was chosen by Populous, a major architecture firm in the professional sports market, to help design and engineer an open-air premium suite to add an exceptional stadium seating option for guests. A main requirement was to have the suites be noninvasive to the current stadium, while having a permanent look and feel.
Collaborating with Populous, Staging Concepts came up with a design to use a structural, all-weather demountable platform and understructure system, to span over several rows of seating on the 1st and 3rd base line. During the engineering phase, ‘fan experience’ was paramount to the overall concept and not to be compromised. The ending result was a premium Loge suite, engineered to feel like a permanent structure with the ability to be easily removed if necessary. The Loge suites are meant to offer patrons the most prime stadium seating in the venue.
These premium Loge suites have easy access to/from the main concourse and have been outfitted with many of the luxury amenities you would find in a standard closed air stadium suite. Amenities can include a wet bar, stainless steel appliances, flat screen televisions and granite countertops. The number of Loge suites on each of the 1st and 3rd base line range from three to five units, and can hold between eight and ten sport fans. That said those parameters can be easily modified by the client or architect to adhere to the stadium specific needs.
Whether entertaining your family, friends or clients, getting close to the action in an open- air premium loge suite has proven to be a successful experience and the best that stadium seating can offer.