Esports has become big business. Witness the Fortnite World Cup Tournament, a three-day spectator competition where professional video gamers competed for $30 million in prize money. The USTA Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, NY provided this year’s venue where thousands gathered to watch.
Event producers wanted to create a completely immersive playing and viewing environment. It required darkening the stadium since its retractable roof is translucent. Enter Chicago Flyhouse, one of the leading stadium rigging companies in the country. The Chicago Flyhouse plan to darken the ambient light conditions included development and installation of a massive set of masking curtains for the stadium ceiling.
Chicago Flyhouse complemented their skills in strategy and rigging by hiring a partner to manufacture the curtains. They chose Rose Brand, the fabricator that has both the in-hand fabric inventory and the expert sewing capacity to accomplish soft goods jobs of massive scale.
In just a single week, Rose Brand developed 80 curtain panels, each approximately 51’ x 16’, delivering over 65,000 sq ft of fabric to the stadium. Chicago Flyhouse then worked round-the-clock to complete the project on time, engaging a team that included 12 Rope Access Riggers for the installation.
Rose Brand partnered with Chicago Flyhouse on a massive project to control the lighting in the 2019 NCAA Final Four tournament, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The windowed perimeter of the venue caused natural sunlight to change lighting conditions on the basketball courts, depending on time of day and weather conditions. But the NCAA required the light to be consistent for all tournament games. What to do?
The stadium owner, Minnesota Sports Facility Authority, resolved the problem by engaging Chicago Flyhouse, one of the leading stadium & arena rigging companies in the country. Rose Brand and Chicago Flyhouse often work together on projects that combine rigging and curtains on a very large scale.
The unique design solution had to cover all the stadium windows, as well as permit easy installation & removal to meet the varying lighting requirements of different events. The design called for over 132,000 square feet of curtains (over 15,000 lbs of fabric) to be fitted and sewn for window coverage. Some of the curtains were as much as 160 feet tall!
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