The clubhouse parking lot along the homestretch became chalets with walk-out access to the course railing. The end unit (pictured) with the best views of the track became a three story temporary structure – the first we had ever done. Accompanying the trackside chalets was the Maker’s Mark Bourbon Lounge, a 3,200-person structure with rail access and an additional chalet overlooking the paddock where horses paraded prior to the races.
NCAA Final Four
2002 to present – Each Annual Final Four Hosting City
A truly unique approach to staging. We start at each location by measuring each facility with laser systems and analyzing blueprints to create computerized seating diagrams. Over the years, we have developed a staging system that lifts the entire basketball court off the ground, allowing fans greater visibility and creating larger capacity. Press accommodations and temporary seating are blended seamlessly with permanent seats. By the time we are finished, the temporary seats look like they are a permanent part of the stadium.
The Circuit of the Americas is on a site where shade is not plentiful. To enhance the fan experience we designed and built luxury climate controlled tenting with private access for VIP guests. Then, we installed open-air covered tiered seating to shelter fans from the hot Texas sun. Additionally, since the track is more than three miles long, we placed grandstands at strategic locations around the track for the best views and created a centralized area for event tents and a recreation pavilion by the main grandstand.
2017 saw the Breeders’ Cup held at Del Mar for the first time, and Colonnade was brought in to develop a plan to safely and comfortably accommodate a crowd in the 80-year-old complex. The Venu+ team began with a site assessment that included analyzing ingress and egress patterns. The plan called for building temporary seating and bleachers that blended seamlessly into the existing permanent structures. By race day, patrons didn’t know what was new and what had been there for more than eight decades.
We designed the entire system to place the court, the bleachers and the TV camera so viewers could see aircraft, vehicles, and soldiers going about their regular business. This created a dramatic backdrop and makes the annual event even more special. Our solution has proven so successful that we have used it in other facilities for other events and exhibition games.
Working with the ACMA design team and longtime partner, Staging Concepts, we pulled a page from our VIP event and game day hospitality experience to create a multi-layered visual approach and placed on what was typically the Dallas Cowboys field thousands upon thousands of seats on risers for honorees and their guests.