Spectator seating is an important asset within a city or region for a variety of reasons. Whether one is talking about a professional franchise or the local high school team, community events and the locations in which they are held have a galvanizing effect on communities. Choosing the right bleachers or grandstands is not always an easy task. Selecting the appropriate equipment to suit the specific needs of each facility is an important factor in providing comfort, appeal, and meaningful use.
Make a Stand explores the evolution of stadiums, grandstands, and bleachers, offers the different features and benefits of various types of seating, addresses current standards and criteria, and provides selection, purchasing, installation, and maintenance information, design considerations and applications, and discusses how to engage the community in the project. Throughout this guide, you will find information regarding the many options in spectator seating, in order to help build the type of facility to meet your community’s specific and unique needs. In addition, several case studies are offered to highlight specific communities and their applications. While there are many considerations outside the scope of this publication, such as cost, timelines, permits, and building codes, it is our hope that this guide familiarizes the user with the myriad of options available today in the field of spectator seating.